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View Poll Results: Which city do you feel is the Crossroads of America?
Chicago, Illinois 23 33.33%
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 10 14.49%
Kansas City, Missouri 16 23.19%
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 3 4.35%
St. Louis, Missouri 22 31.88%
Other (Please Explain) 7 10.14%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 06-14-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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Kansas City - Serves a both a major rail hub and major highway intersection with Interstates 35, 70, 29, and 49. It's also the closest major city to the geographic center of the Continental US.

St. Louis - Major interstates such as I-55, and I-70 pass through here. Interstates 44 and 64 start here and 44 links it to the South Central and West (via I-40 in OKC, see below) and Interstate 64 links the Heartland to the East. St. Louis is also located on the de-facto central divider of the US: the Mississippi River. It's where the North, East, South, and West converge.

Chicago - Still the largest rail hub, on a major waterway that links the Mississippi waterways to the Great Lakes, and O'Hare is a major Air Hub. However, it may be too far north and east as the population of the US gradually shifts south and west to the sunbelt.

Oklahoma City - Interstates 35, 40, and 44 intersect here. It is also roughly halfway between the nation's two largest population centers in the country - the NE corridor and Southern California. When I moved from Los Angeles to DC, it was the most sensible midpoint. It was the transition zone from the deserts and plains of the West to the forests of the South and East. Historically, US 66 passed through here and Interstates 40 and 44 cover its former routes, linking the West to the heartland of the Midwest. Lots of coast-to-coast truck traffic passes through OKC via I-40, plus the NAFTA traffic from Mexico to the Midwest via I-35.


Dallas-Ft. Worth - Maybe too far south, but like Chicago, it serves as a major railway and air hub. It also has a large number of interstates. 35 is a major north-south route, Interstate 20 is a major route that connects the Southeast to the west (via Interstate 10 in West Texas). Interstate 30 links the metro area to the south-central region and a major transcontinental route, Interstate 40. If only 30 connected to I-57 to form a diagonal Dallas-Chicago route, but I digress...However, it might be too far south for some.

Thoughts?

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:29 AM
 
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For those of you who have voted, feel free to explain yourselves!

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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Chicago is easy to get to via air from anywhere in the country.
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:25 AM
 
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Atlanta is a good mid point meeting place for the Eastern half of the nation DC, NYC, the Northeast, Florida, Upper South, the Deep South, Texas, Great Lakes States, Lower Midwest.

It's a no brainer......Next...
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:08 AM
 
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Sacramento.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:58 PM
 
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St. Louis for its geographic location and the reasons you mentioned. More centrally located and along the great river.
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:04 PM
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Chicago, with Dallas/Fort Worth a very close second.

Sheer size and importance, combined with the massive amounts of people each connect to the rest of the country each day trumps all of the others in my opinion.
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:25 PM
 
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Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:36 PM
 
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Culturally speaking it's the Kansas City area. It's where the North meets the South, and the East meets the West.
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:37 PM
 
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Atlanta is a good mid point meeting place for the Eastern half of the nation DC, NYC, the Northeast, Florida, Upper South, the Deep South, Texas, Great Lakes States, Lower Midwest.

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Atlanta is not the crossroads of the nation, not by a long shot.
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