I love my home state of Wisconsin but it’s tough living where I do so close to the Twin Cities metroplex. We get Twin Cities media and know more about what’s going on Minnesota while own state capital in Madison along with Milwaukee and Green Bay are far away, not just in distance, but in culture as well. Heck, I probably could recognize more public officials in Minnesota than Wisconsin. And it’s a lot easier attending the Minnesota State Fair, which is about an hour from my home than traveling five hours to go to the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.
I imagine I’m not the only one who feels the same way about there own home states. I sure South Georgians feel the same way about Atlanta, or San Diegans about Sacramento, or Chicagoans about Springfield (or Springpatch as its known in the Windy City). Of course we haven’t even gotten to the tensions between Upstate and Downstate New Yorkers yet.
The way the states were put together in the past of course don’t always match the cultural and economic realities of today. People in Southern Illinois (or Little Egypt as its known) have nothing in common with Chicagoans and vise-versa. Hell its closer to Mississippi from Cairo, Ill. than it is to Chicago. I am still wondering how in the hell the UP is part of Michigan instead of Wisconsin.
I am not opposed taking a good look over each state and seeing where borders could not be redrawn. Some can obviously can stay intact, a New Hampshire, a Vermont or a Hawaii. An Iowa too, there really are no obvious divisions in such places. But in others well, you can start envisioning new states forming that were once cities and suburban areas.
Russell Arben Fox goes into more detail with article from Front Porch Republic entitled “In Praise of the States. Let’s Have More of Them”. Bill Kauffman also writes about this in “Nowhere USA” on AmCon’s website.