I think the "we'll lose our identity" argument is just a cover for "we'll lose our autonomy/fiefdom" or something similar....small minds, not looking at the bigger picture....I think the "we'll lose our identity" argument is designed to pull on the heartstrings and manipulate.
Something else that strikes me about the comments above is It's not ok to get rid of places like Kirkwood, etc. but it is okay to erase lesser know municipalities? Who makes the determination of what community measures up and who doesn't? It's way too subjective.
Just make everybody a district, ward, neighborhood, whatever. You won't lose the flavor and character of your favorite place and we'll gain the benefits of being a unified region.
Yes get rid of places like crestwood, shrewberry, everything in north co expect Hazelwood and Florissant (those two can split up NoCo between the two