the great lakes megaregion

In a comment left yesterday in a thread about a new, local initiative to organize communities of faith around the subject of public transportation, a reader calling himself j7uy5 made mention of an organization of planners and policy types known as America 2050. Well, I’ve just spent the last few minutes, checking out their site, and what I’ve seen thus far is interesting… Right now, I’m downloading audio of an event recently held by the group in Chicago entitled Rebuilding and Renewing America: Infrastructure Choices in the Great Lakes Megaregion. It’s somewhat Chicago-centric, but what I’ve heard thus far is interesting.

Our “megaregion” as they see it, is about one of eleven that is taking shape as the U.S. population grows. (According to their projections, the nation will add about 130 million people by 2050.) For what it’s worth, I like “Great Lakes Megaregion” as a name, but it’s not quite as catchy as “New Africa.” Whatever you cal it, though, we’ve got all the water. If you think it’s bad now that the oil is running out, just wait until it’s water. All the sons of bitches making fun of Detroit now will be just begging for a visa to get into New Africa.

[If spending your Saturday night listening to policy wonks talk about water policy and energy isn’t your thing, here’s a Hee Haw highlight reel.”]

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6 Comments

  1. Ol' E Cross
    Posted December 21, 2008 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    So, compare the mega-regions map to the map of locations of nuclear weapons and you will realize that when the US devolves into independent region-states, we are shit-outta-luck.Yah, see that black little mitten sticking out like sore thumb without the warm yellow protective uranium glow? That’s us.

    Who let this happen?! How come we don’t have an arsenal of nuclear weapons in Michigan. How the hell are we supposed to protect our water? With rubber bands and paper clips?

    Damnit. Who do I have to write to get some Nukes in Great Lakes State?

  2. mepatrickyounot
    Posted December 21, 2008 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Wow! I didn’t know Ernest Borgnine was ever on Hee-Haw.

  3. Brackache
    Posted December 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Megaregion 7: the hitler ‘stache.

  4. Posted December 22, 2008 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I don’t get it. Why is Topeka in the “Great Lakes megaregion” but Duluth isn’t? It looks more like the “lower Great Lakes and assorted other midwest cities megaregion” to me.

  5. Terminator
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    The President needs to pass an Emergency Financial Manager resolution like Snyder, so that he can take over the entire midwest and make it a mega-region like this. Just think of all the cost savings that could be had by cutting out redundencies?

  6. Vipat
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I hear that Snyder wants to do this.

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