Saturday, May 28, 2011
A while ago I started a project to redraw the counties of California. This morning, for no reason I can discern, I suddenly had the urge to complete the project. And I did, at least as far as I'm willing to take it. And here's the final result: new maps of Northern, Central, and Southern California. I also made a few exports from the GIS program I used to determine where to place the boundaries.
If there's a takeaway from this effort, it's that it is a good example of how poorly governed America currently is. There's no reason for the counties of California to exist as they do. They are artifacts of a situation where a literate, industrial culture invaded the lands of a number of pre-literate cultures that had been decimated by disease and warfare. If we better governed, somebody would have identified obvious problems like the size of San Bernardino, and organized society to resolve them. But for many reasons, nobody has done so. That should cause us all to worry a bit.