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Platforms, Not Products

In Land, Straight Lines Make For Square Deals:

To carry out this policy required hiring thousands of land surveyors over the next 100 years to mark off ranges and townships and 640-acre plots, along with 320-acre half sections, and 160-acre quarter sections. It was a huge and costly undertaking, but the rectangular survey had dramatic results. Amazingly, these were predicted by Hamilton and members of the Continental Congress. In fact, during congressional debates, Hamilton and others urged that the federal lands be demarcated into squares prior to claim and sale because doing so would raise land values and promote land markets and prosperity. It turns out that they were very much on the mark!

An excellent example of government creating a platform for future development, without pre-judging the development itself.

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