That urban living differs from a country lifestyle is a given and in most countries the choice is relatively simple; live in the city, its suburbs or beyond. Talk to any of its residents, then the Ruhr Metropolis reveals a unique phenomenon: This vast region has no capital (or several) but innumerous desirable places to live, especially for exats.
In fact, over five million people reside in eleven large municipalities and four districts, all vying for a say in how to run things. That said, the brief for improving quality of life in the region surrounding the river Ruhr is placed firmly in the hands of the Ruhr Regional Association (Regionalverband Ruhr).
The RVR has many tasks ranging from regional planning and development of infrastructure, improving the environment by developing industrial landscapes into parks and maintaing forests as well as promoting the location as a desirable place to visit and stay. Its track record since it was founded in the nineteen-thirties is astounding.
A more recent deveopment to support legitimacy is the foundation of an elected Ruhr Parliament.