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The Cross Florida Barge Canal.
Was the idea to connect the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic. FDR actually started the construction on it, and JFK later got congress to dedicate even more funds to the project. Was discontinued by Nixon and eventually completely cancelled in 1990.
Atlantropa. The plan to dam up and drain the Mediterranean Sea back in the 1920’s. Was proposed with lots of ideas how, but of course, never saw implementation.
EPCOT as originally planned by Walt Disney was pretty bananas. It was conceived as a planned city (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). Obviously didn’t pan out.
In the 1960s a proposal to develop a “Mid-Canada” gained some traction.
Canada is primarily developed near the United States border, and this was a proposal to build series of infrastructure (rail lines, highways, towns, power lines, etc) through “mid-Canada” and essentially see a second Canada built in top of the existing one.
It was an ambitious project that would have seen Canada’s population hit 70 million or so by 2016 and have a GDP rivalling the United Kingdom.
Millions would settle, resources would be developed, metropolises would grow, and eventually a hearty, winter-loving “mid-Canadian” identity would develop.
Ahead of their time, aboriginal consultations were even at the forefront of the project. This would be a national, unifying project that would have even ended the rise of Québécois nationalism!
Skeptics pointed out it would simply result in some mining of resources until they ran out and then ghost towns and abandoned rails would be left behind.
Sure would have been interesting to see though.
Google attempting to bring fiber internet to the country and deciding to just stop doing that in 2016.