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Old 01-05-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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the US adds between 25-30 million people each decade, so we will have another 100 million before too long.

where will they all live? will smaller states grow? crowd more into the more populous states?


I'm sure many of you will say that just wont happen, so for you, this thread will be totally hypothetical.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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It will definitely happen as long as borders remain unsecured, and as long as we have anchor-baby laws.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:15 PM
 
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I remember a couple of years ago, the newspaper had a big article predicting that this country would have 400 million people by 2040. Yes, the smaller states will grow. Big cities will get bigger, but not too much. I think we will see the development of several new big cities as this takes shape.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Back in New York
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It will definitely happen as long as borders remain unsecured, and as long as we have anchor-baby laws.
Its not just Hispanics, the Asian influx is growing by the year.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Back in New York
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the US adds between 25-30 million people each decade, so we will have another 100 million before too long.

where will they all live? will smaller states grow? crowd more into the more populous states?


I'm sure many of you will say that just wont happen, so for you, this thread will be totally hypothetical.
Smaller states will grow, current cities will get bigger. When you think about it though China has over a billion ppl and manages to fit them all. Hopefully nature finds a way to keep the population in check.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:24 AM
 
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America has enough room. Interesting fact: The whole world's population can fit into Texas and it will only be as dense as New York City. It's true, do the math.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:28 AM
 
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The more the merrier IMO. There are places that natural born Americans have all but abandoned that immigrants are taking advantage of... For example, Utica, NY has been a shrinking city for decades as native-born Americans fled and now it has a significant and growing population of Bosnians. So in that case immigration is a huge positive as nobody would be living there if Bosnians weren't.
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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Actually the US can fit 100 million or more people. People that are blaming hispanics need to stop with the xenophobia mess. If you look at China and India, they both have over a billion people and able to manage well; they might be the next super powers of the world. Then you have Japan, who have 145 million people crammed on a island. Look at all that land in states with low population like Vermont, Wyoming, Iowa, and Alaska.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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When you think about it, America's population density is only 1/10 that of England. There is enough room for more people in this country. However, the question is that of infastructure, food and water supply. These questions have to be addressed in preparation for population growth, well before they have already become problems, as has unfortuanitely been the case with the lack of planning with adequate foresight.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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We have a ton of natural resources, and plenty of land. We're actually lucky our country is so well set up to handle and sustain a huge amount of people.

We just need to use our resources and money wisely. If we took some of the hundreds of billions of dollars we use for our military and invest it in infrastructure, we'd be more than fine.

We're one of the lease densely populated countries on earth - we certainly aren't overcrowded. We just need to fix our transport system, that's what overcrowded. You can NOT have a country of hundreds of millions of people and let everyone expect they deserve to drive a car. Unless we build roads 20 lanes wide and break our cities and society up into little oasis' surrounded by seas of roads and parking lots. That's NO way to live a progressive and happy life.
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