Why government agencies should move from DC to the Midwest

Why government agencies should move from DC to the Midwest

Midwestern cities need jobs. DC is too crowded. A simple solution.

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Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and other former industrial powerhouses in the Midwest are struggling. The industries that have supported those cities have gone away, leaving them overbuilt and underpopulated. Meanwhile, coastal cities like New York and Washington, DC are overcrowded and absurdly expensive. So, why not relocate some well-paying federal jobs from the capitol area to the Midwest? Vox’s Matt Yglesias explains how such a plan might work.

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20 Responses

  1. TurboniumAlt says:

    I knew staying up was worth it!

  2. Claire Knight says:

    I’d rather government be next to more populated areas; a government that is physically away from the masses will always get away with more.

  3. ExMythos says:

    doesn’t seem like a bad ide but it needs a lot of investments and that’s something I don’t see happening in the near future .

  4. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    hey, that’s make sense.

  5. Jari Parial says:

    Any counter arguments? I want to know why it has not happened yet. (I’m not murican)

  6. kushagra gupta says:

    goddamn how the hell do you even edit your videos man?! simply amazing. best edited videos on YouTube.

  7. Dolphino Egglet says:

    Unless they relocate these workers and their immediate families, it’s only going to make them unemployed in a very expensive area.

  8. Awesome Haircut says:

    Damn liberal agenda and thar reasonable proposals.

  9. コイノ/ Koino says:

    US needs to decentralise and become a federation of autonomous States exactly how the founding fathers imagined it.

    Maybe in the style of EU or something similar.

  10. Yuki Fox says:

    My concern with this plan is two fold.

    1) Moving agencies apart will make the cost of inter-agency work higher (as there would be a higher cost in getting people into the same room). Teleconferences will only work for those who are comfortable with dealing like that which tends to leave older (and more senior) government workers out of the loop. Also there is the simple issue that some things can take days/weeks of teleconferencing which would otherwise take much less time face to face to sort out.
    2) That is a lot of people to relocate; some will not want to go so there would be a loss of knowledge and as has been pointed out – the cities agencies would be moving too have been significantly reduced in size (with a large unemployed blue collar workforce that would require significant training to re-skill for white collar jobs).

    I think more analysis is required to take into consideration the educational and moving costs and just how much it would impact agency operational efficiency in the medium to long term.

  11. RedEyes says:

    We do this in Canada. A lot of the agencies are in Winnipeg which is economically deprived.

  12. Nemoses says:

    2:25 “There is no need for everything to be so incredibly centralized”

    Well, no need per se, but all of these government agencies communicate with each other and work together on a hole lot of issues. If you spread out these agencies, that gets harder and you will see an uptick in travelling costs for government employees (which is something that is often criticised about the EU for example, as its agencies are spread out over several countries). Somebody then would have to do the math if that gets outweighed by the amount saved by moving there but i can see that the opportunity cost are just too high.

  13. Simon MacLean says:

    what about the city of england

  14. SupaEMT134 says:

    Again, Vox misses the point & continues to capitalize on its low-information viewers by pushing propoganda like this.

    *YOU CAN’T MOVE WASHINGTON FROM THE DISTRICT TO A STATE!*

    Do they not teach Civics in school anymore??!

  15. Niall Cheetham says:

    France has done something like this, they decentralised their government services from Paris around to more peripheral regions with smaller cities. As a result population in those regions has increased. This works 🙂

  16. Scrotie McBoogerball says:

    One of the things that the EU does actually really good – among others Luxembourg(Court of Justice, Court of Auditors), Frankfurt am Main(European Central Bank), Strasbourg(European Parliament), London(European Medicines Agency, European Bank Agency), Ljubljana(ACER), Warsaw(FrontEx), Heraklion(ENISA) and many more in every member state. Maybe you guys should really take a note.

  17. Luo Hung Chun says:

    Would you like too see your kids grow up in Detroit? If the answer is no then why would you expect someone else to.

  18. Pun Boi says:

    if only ol’ Trump watched this channel instead of twitter

  19. Donald Trump says:

    Who else likes their own comment because nobody else likes it

  20. Jacob Luna says:

    I lived in Cincinnati and I don’t want the population to grow here. There is already big business here like Procter and Gamble. Cincinnati doesn’t have problems comparable to cities like Cleveland and Detroit. The townships around Cincinnati are kind of conservative compared to the actual city and that dynamic would change if you bring in more people from the coast. People will want to move to these nicer suburban areas around the city. You also have to remember that Cincinnati’s “greater population” encompasses places in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The greater population lives outside of the actual larger city, and these people drive to work from the suburbs. Take my father for example, we use to live in Northern Kentucky and he would drive to work in Cincinnati everyday. Cincinnati’s population is also not represented well because it has not incorporated many of the smaller townships in Hamilton county.

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