Revised U.S. Map Erases Pennsylvania, Makes Philadelphia Its Own State

NYC artist and urban planner Neil Freeman has divided the United States into 50, equally-sized states, each bearing a population of around 6,175,000. Under this formula, Philadelphia and part of South Jersey get their own state, called (ha!) “Philadelphia.” Meanwhile, the rest of Pennsylvania would be dissolved into three separate states called Pocono, Susquehanna, and Allegheny. All of those states, in turn, would drift into other current states as well.

The map is in many ways more intuitive than the one we uses now. Likely building off work by authors like Colin Woodard, and others who have re-imagined the United States, the mapmaker creates boundaries more attuned to cultural, ethnic, and geological factors than the legal ones we have today. Map here.

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  • RightsTough

    The citizens of Philadelphia should be thankful that this map is not real because even dumbest of the filth-a-delphians would quickly realize that it’s difficult to run a STATE without any meaningful tax base. When you have 70% free loaders – as in the Philly city limits – it’s hard to pay for teachers and roads and food stamps. Thank god for the working people of Pennsylvania who get the short end of the stick by scholar-shipping millions of people who refuse to help themselves. They know how to make babies and they know how to game the entitlement system but they can’t seem to figure out how to get up everyday and make their way to a “real” job. Here’s a shocker: ironically, all the freeloaders voted for Obama. Gee, I wonder why???