Greater DC as a New State?

With the impending Gay Marriage Ban well thought of in the rest of Virginia, and many other issues significantly disparate between the Tidewater and Northern Virginia, perhaps it’s time that Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria severed ties with the rest of the state that uses it only for tax revenue. Perhaps it’s time that these three districts join with the District at large to form a 51st state. With 5 million people in the greater DC area, this new state would be larger than Wyoming, Alabama, North Dakota and other states in population, and, due to DC and Northern Virginia’s unique position in the economy as the seat of government, the site of a significant number of beltway bandit contractors, and several large international commerce hubs, the state could have an economy to rival the largest state economies.

So, with this final straw potentially upsetting the creative class in Northern Virginia, and encouraging them to be elsewhere, perhaps it’s time to fight back a bit?

10 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

    We’d love to have NoVA back (it was once part of the District) but only if y’all agree to a few conditions:

    1. No guns or smoking indoors
    2. Its Washington National Airport
    3. Military folks stop wearing fatigues to the office
    4. The beltway is the border
    5. Senator Barry

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    Senator Barry is good for no one.

    Guns should be allowed. Why? Idiots Like This One.

    You can’t ban fatigues, they’re uniforms.

    Beltway as the border…no, not quite.

  3. wayan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    Do not live in fear Tom, do not believe the crime hype. Senator Barry, now that might just be a legitimate fear. It would also be funny if it were not so sad.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

    It’s not crime hype when you’re being threatened, Wayan. You have nothing to fear from legal guns, and more to fear from illegal guns. Despite DC’s gun ban, there are a bunch of gun-involved murders in DC each year. How’s that ban going?

  5. smouie kablooie (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    I’ve long supported the concept of a Northern Virginia secession – but I actually think NOVA would be great as it’s own little state. Maybe draw the line so that everything above richmond is ours – that or wherever the first waffle house is driving on 95 south.

    Joining DC would limit our representation – so I’m not going with that. I also think it’s important to maintain the slight buffer between VA and MD that DC provides. Now if only we could widen the river between VA and DC :-)

    (gotta love the regional rivalries)

  6. Carl (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    Yeah, we’ll want to include Loudon, Prince William, and Spotsylvania too.

  7. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Prince William, Maybe, but why Loudoun and Spotsy?

  8. Lucy (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    This would be great, but is it feasible? I say Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Counties should be lumped together with DC. Just let us bring Governor Kaine along…

  9. Don (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    Personally I’m more afraid of short-fused whackos with legal guns than illegal ones as far as a threat to my body, but I concur there’s little point in a gun ban in DC so long as it borders a state notorious for gun access. Unless we build a big wall.

    Huh, that’s probably the best way to get Wayan on board with immigration restrictions – make them between DC and VA/MD. :)

  10. Carl (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    Loudon because it’s one of the fastest growing counties anywhere, and it’ll get more and more like Fairfax over time.

    Spotsylvania just to take Fredericksburg. And because a lot of NoVA/DC commuters live there and drive north.

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