It is helpful to know something about the history of residency requirements to better understand the arguments for and against them. As with many other remaining vestiges of bygone days, there is a reason why many cities created them and in some cases still have residency ordinances. There is no clearly defined beginning of residency requirements.12, 13 The most commonly accepted origin of residency requirements in the United States seems to be that they derived from the spoils system prevalent in large American cities during the mid-1800s. In cities such as Chicago and Boston, the local ward bosses hired public employees, particularly police officers and firefighters. This practice ensured the ward bosses’ continued reelection by employees whose jobs were directly tied to the ward bosses. But it also provided a service to assist the ward bosses in collecting bribes and protection money."
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