The 50-state model is holding the country back. It needs a new system, built around urban corridors.
This is a great article to get students thinking about the spatial network of cities, not just the internal structure of particular cities based on some models. In this article, Parag Khanna argues that the United States is stuck in “an antiquated political structure of 50 distinct states” that isn’t aligned with growing urban regions that shape our internal and external economic linkages. He proposed that our infrastruture should strengthen these networks that cut across state boundaries more so than it currently does. “Federal policy should refocus on help these nascent [urban] archipelagos prosper, and helping other emerge…collectively forming a lattice of productive metro-regions efficently through better highways, railways, and fiber-optic cables: a United City-States of America.”
Questions to Ponder: What political obstacles would this proposal receive? Demographically, who would support/oppose this type of restructuring? How would this impact the economic geographies of the United States?