Cheers for prairie conversion! This is a win-win for both lowering city expenses and improving our environment. Conversion can also serve as a visual catalyst to stimulate thought and discussion of our environmental policies.
In general, cooperation between the two city councils seems healthier than going it alone or competing. Cooperation is working in your examples. I don’t know enough about the other possible areas you mention to understand how they might work. Looking at possibilities, discussing them is worthwhile. Change is constant; we need to look at options rather than simply dismiss them.
My groceries, my clothing, my auto, my tickets for entertainment — all cost more than they did a year ago. Why wouldn’t golf fees also cost more? Surely subsidizing public transportation helps more people in many more valuable ways than subsidizing low golf fees.