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Denver, CO 13 19.70%
Kansas City, MO 11 16.67%
Atlanta, GA 4 6.06%
Omaha, NE 3 4.55%
Dallas, TX 7 10.61%
Chicago, IL 28 42.42%
Voters: 66. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-04-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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Although it is not really "necessary" to be in a central zone to be a capital today, if you see many countries and even states here have their capitals somewhere near the "centroid" of the areas that compose the nation/state. Examples

California- Sacramento
Atlanta- Georgia
Little Rock- Arkansas
Richmond- Virginia
Denver- Colorado
Madrid- Spain
Brasilia- Brazil
Mexico City- Mexico
Bogota- Colombia

Also, when DC became the capital of the U.S. the nation was not geographically what it is today.

So, if you found DC to be way too east and north to be the capital (takes long to reach the west coast) which of the following cities would you choose to be favorable capitals of the U.S.? (See the poll)
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I voted Denver. I remember hearing it had a large number of government offices or employees or something. Plus, it is fairly centralized in the lower 48, a little to the west which is where growth is greater. It also seems like it would be a very secure city too being so far inland. Finally, the Broncos rule!
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:52 PM
 
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KC is the closest of these to the center of population (which is in Missouri) and it is the only one that is really "without a region". It wouldn't be considered too "Eastern" by westerners (like Chicago or Atlanta might be and like DC often is considered by westerners right now)....nor would it be too far "Western" for easterners (Like Denver or Dallas, despite Dallas only being marginally further west than KC). Also it wouldn't be overly "Northern" for southerners (Chicago and possibly Omaha) or "Southern" for northerners (Dallas and Atlanta again). It would be the Goldilocks of capital regions.

But in all reality; the capital could never be anywhere but DC. It just has too much of the history and infrastructure built up. Sorry western US!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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I voted Denver. I remember hearing it had a large number of government offices or employees or something.
Denver is the emergency capital of the U.S. in case DC gets nuked.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Twilight zone
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NYC or Indianapolis
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: The City
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In the final location it was between Federal City NJ and DC today. Federal city was just North of Trenton NJ on the Delaware River. Basically would be DC in between what is NYC and Philly today, ugh could you imagine
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: The City
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https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Feder...ersey&t=m&z=10

This is a road name that remains but the location would have been the point south to the river

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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IMO Denver is too isolated to be a good capital. You want a good portion of the population to be within a day's drive and Denver is kind of out there on its own.

I think if the capital were to be moved then somewhere like St. Louis would be a good location. It is the traditional Gateway to the West and is more centralized. It is relatively close to the major midwest cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis, but still within a day's drive of short flight from the east coast cities. Also, because it is midwestern it would be less objectionable to the southern states than a northeastern or western city. It has a rich history and for many decades was a top ten US city.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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In the final location it was between Federal City NJ and DC today. Federal city was just North of Trenton NJ on the Delaware River. Basically would be DC in between what is NYC and Philly today, ugh could you imagine
Haha that trifecta would have been a complete beast.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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Denver is the emergency capital of the U.S. in case DC gets nuked.
Do you have a source for that? The movie "Wargames" does not count......
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