New Jersey? Pave It, Scholars Tease

Associated Press

A husband-wife team from Minot State University propose turning New Jersey into a giant parking lot and airport to alleviate crime and urban stress on the East Coast.

Stephen and Barbara Ragan's idea of making New Jersey into an "International Parkade" is a whimsical parody of a proposal by two Rutgers University professors in New Jersey to turn the Great Plains into a giant buffalo preserve.

"I think it's partially serious," Ragan said, although much of their 11-page "scholarly paper" is clearly comedy.

The Ragans--he is a professor in special education and she is an English Department lecturer--call for New Jersey's 7 million residents to be relocated to the plains. There would be five mega-airports with rail service to nearby cities.

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