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Offline JBG

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Re: Should Poor Countries Build New Capital Cities?
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:56:14 am »
Of the capital relocations you list, only Myanmar is remotely recent.  You want to go to Pakistan and say "hey, you guys moved your capital 50 years ago! No more aid for you spend-thrifts!" or something?
Tanzania's transition is still very much a work in progress.

If New York were still the capital of the United States, it would be outrageously inefficient for the US government to have its headquarters there. 

Build public buildings on land that costs $20 per teaspoon? Take space away from free enterprise in the most important commerce center in the world?  Is it reasonable to pay so many public-sector workers a salary appropriate to living in one of the country's most expensive places to live?

If New York were the capital today, they'd be smart to move it.
Unofficially,, New York City now houses a large percentage of New York State functions so the capital of the state is effectively split. As for federal functions, at any given time an average of 19 U.S. senators are in New York City. The U.S. President has always spent a disproportionate amount of time in New York City, to meet foreign and business leaders, and attend ceremonies. During the Civil War government papers were moved to New York to get them away from the Confederate border in case DC was torched again. Note to self, you guys did that once. :)

All kidding aside, New York serves many capital-like functions. And DC is not much cheaper a place to live than New York.
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