Rigging the game in favor of Republicans:
If the city had six or seven council districts, the maps could be carved up in a way that overloads a handful of districts with Democrats, making the remaining districts at least more competitive for Republicans.
The General Assembly used both of those techniques — eliminating at-large seats and clumping together Democrats — when it redrew the county commissioner districts.
Proving there's nothing too unethical for Republicans to contemplate, when they smell a potential power grab. It also proves land developers are not about to give up their dominating influence over Greensboro's affairs, regardless of what the people actually want:
So far, the only business leader who has come forward to talk publicly in favor of the change has been developer Roy Carroll, who was one of Wade’s largest campaign donors last year. Nobody else will fess up to it, Mayor Nancy Vaughan said.
Carroll has said that shrinking the board would be one way to get more business-friendly people on it.
For a long time, local bloggers on both sides of the aisle have bemoaned the level of influence groups like TREBIC (Triad Real Estate & Building Industry Coalition) have wielded over City government actions. But the aura of perhaps gaining a Republican majority on the City Council tends to have a blinding effect on Conservatives, so it's doubtful we'll see much drama over Wade's proposal.