The role of administrative borders and subdivisions has waxed and waned throughout the history of Zurich and of Switzerland as a whole. The early alemannic settlements that build the basis of many of todays villages and cities spread across present-day cantonal and national boundaries. As their etymology suggests, they were mostly centred around individuals or small groups of people. Today, we have legally defined communal and district borders. These, however, are far from static: Dozens of communes have merged or been amalgamated over the last century, as a response to factors such as urban sprawl, increasing complexity, efficiency and the costs of administrating such a municipality. The communal borders still pose a source of local identity for many, as evidenced in some communes’ slogans (e.g. Maschwanden - “Wir wollen ein Bauerndorf bleiben”). However, several communes and local organizations have seen the need to look beyond administrative borders when planning the present and the future. One example is the “Limmatstadt”, a planning region that spans district and cantonal borders.