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View Poll Results: If the nation's capital moved, what city would make the best capital?
Boston 20 10.99%
New York 52 28.57%
Philadelphia 49 26.92%
Chicago 61 33.52%
Voters: 182. You may not vote on this poll

Old 07-25-2008, 09:20 AM
Location: Manhattan, New York
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It should be New York Because it was the firs t city to be the capital of the US. It is a world city where people from around the world come and it will add to the beautiful back drop
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by socrates View Post
We should build it in Northern Texas (lots of open land out there) and call it BUSH G.W.

Too bad Bush will be out of office after 2008.

Anyways, my vote went to NYC.
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:35 PM
Location: Chicago
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Actually I am writing a science fiction story in part about Chicago becoming the capital of the United States after Washington D.C. is nuked in the third world war.

I have the Sears (Willis) Tower as an executive office building with the Presidential residence and office on the 103rd floor old observation deck.

The new capital building and surround buildings and plaza are based upon the 1909 Daniel Burnham Plan for a "civic center" with a massive domed building (Burnham meant for it to be city hall) as the centerpiece. It would stand at Congress and Halsted Streets right above where the Eisenhower Expressway and UIC/Halsted blue line stop is today and the massive plaza on the site where the Circle Expressway Intersection is today. Here are a few pictures.

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Old 01-21-2010, 06:24 PM
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Rolla, Missouri. It might be a bit too conservative to be representative, but it's near the center of US population.

Other possibilities Peoria, Illinois or Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They both appear somewhat liberal, but perhaps moderately conservative by the standard of cities. They are centrally located.

Of listed Chicago.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:25 PM
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In the middle of the country...and beautifully set on Lake Michigan.

A great location for a national capital.

But, I think Saint Louis would be the best choice.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:49 PM
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Of the 4 options, Chicago would be the most appropriate choice.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:57 PM
Location: Queens, NY
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Originally Posted by miamiman View Post
New York. Center of the Universe.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:02 PM
Location: Chicago
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It is perhaps with irony that Burnham chose "Congress Parkway" as the new axis of the city with the larged domed building in the middle of it. If it was to become the new national capital building it would mean that the US Congress is housed on Congress Parkway. 800 West Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60606

Buckinham Fountain would be just over a mile due east of the capital with Lake Michigan just beyond, Burnham also did a rendering of what the dome would look like from the Lake. It would be impressive from the west side where you would see the dome prominently in front of the wall of skyscrapers including the Sears Tower.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:33 PM
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St. Louis would actually be the compromise choice since it would be seen as not favoring one region of the country over the other. (North vs. South, East vs. West) Would Southern politicians want to see the Capital move to NY or Chicago?

Also there was a strong considerations in the 1840's to move to St. Louis. The main reason was there was a strong chance of a war with the UK at the time and they could just repeat the burning of Washington so they were thinking of a place a foreign army couldn't invade and would have to be a place bother Northerners and Southerers would agree on (i.e. a border state).

The only reason there would be a move was if DC was destroyed in some way. (terrorism, invasion, or disaster)
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:38 PM
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Denver is the back up capital...
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