California State University geography professor George Etzel Pearcy certainly thought so when he proposed that America should redraw its state lines in 1973. According to Mental Floss, Pearcy believed that new states would have improved the budgetary problems facing the U.S. at the time:
Pearcy's proposed state lines were drawn in less-populated areas, isolating large cities and reducing their number within each state. He argued that if there were fewer cities vying for a state's tax dollars, more money would be available for projects that would benefit all citizens.
Because the current states were being chopped up beyond recognition, part of his plan included renaming the new states by referencing natural geologic features or the region's cultural history.
And apparently the idea had some actual traction:
While he did have a rather staunch support network—economists, geographers, and even a few politicians argued that Pearcy's plan might be crazy enough to work—the proposal lost steam in Washington. Imagine all the work that would have to be done to enact Pearcy's plan: re-surveying the land, setting up new voter districts, new taxation infrastructure—basically starting the whole country over. It's easy to see why the government balked (though that doesn't mean it was a bad idea).
Unfortunately (maybe?) we'll likely never see the America that pearcy dreamed of. Even so, we can look at his map and wonder what living in Hudson or San Gabriel might have been like. For a bigger look at Pearcy's plan, click here.
[via Mental Floss]
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