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View Poll Results: Where should the new capital be located?
Saint Louis 18 9.94%
Kansas City 11 6.08%
Denver 20 11.05%
Chicago 26 14.36%
Omaha 13 7.18%
Other, please specify 10 5.52%
Leave it where it is 92 50.83%
Don't care, I'm a secessionist anyway 6 3.31%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 181. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2010, 04:56 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I was wondering if it would bring the federal government closer to people again if the capital were not on the East Coast, but instead somewhere in the heart of the US. After all, the population density has changed quite a bit across the country. The West and the central South are much more important than they used to be. Plus, it would inhibit those elitist Ivy League connections on the East Coast that many people don't trust.
The new capital would also be closer to all the people on the West Coast in terms of time zones.

Where should the capital be located?

I think Kansas City or St. Louis would be interesting, the latter even located on the border between the east and west, i.e. the Mississippi river.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I was wondering if it would bring the federal government closer to people again if the capital were not on the East Coast, but instead somewhere in the heart of the US. After all, the population density has changed quite a bit across the country. The West and the central South are much more important than they used to be. Plus, it would inhibit those elitist Ivy League connections on the East Coast that many people don't trust.
The new capital would also be closer to all the people on the West Coast in terms of time zones.

Where should the capital be located?

I think Kansas City or St. Louis would be interesting, the latter even located on the border between the east and west, i.e. the Mississippi river.
I like the creativity in your thread, but many will point out it's never going to happen. Which is true it really never is going to happen.

But Omaha is in the center of the country (almost).
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I would say it should be a new city altogether.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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Los Angeles or New york but you want the middle of the country? I think Chicago.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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I voted St. Louis because it is near the center of the country.

And I read somewhere that there was a government deterance, and evacuation plan back in the 50's/60's to have important officials (The President and Congress) moved to St. Louis, but that was before M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) was a probable reality.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: TWIN CITIES
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Minneapolis according to the Postman, Kevin Costner

The Metrodome is the Capitol Building!
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Right now it seems far fetched, BUT if our country continues having large population growth it is possible at some point that a new capitol could be built to reduce the strain on East Coast infrastructure. Several countries have built new capitol cities from scratch - Brazil, Pakistan, and Nigeria included
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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I'm against moving it mainly because it's a waste of money. If it were to be placed in the middle of the country based on population, it would still be towards the North East (but still not in it) I think it would wind up (if I remember correctly) somewhere in south of maybe Indianaish?
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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The Center of Population of the USA is in Missouri somewhere so St. Louis wouldnt be that bad of a choice. But I am against the capital moving for so many reason. I like DC and the location and
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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I voted for Denver. The Denver area is home to the 2nd highest concentration of federal offices after DC.
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