AHC: Most influential failed megaproject?

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  1. SeaCambrian Alien Space Bat

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    What could be the largest megaproject whose failure left the groundwork for something else? It can be historical or alternate.

    For example, France's initial attempt to build the Panama Canal.
     
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  2. Carl Schwamberger Well-Known Member

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    Early railroads and canals in the US. The projects usually went bankrupt, leaving the investors holding a empty bag.
     
  3. Koprulu Mustafa Pasha Sadrazam of the Roman Empire

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    Suez Canal and Volga Canal in the 16th Century by the Ottomans. The latter failed as pacification of the region was not possible.
     
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  4. Derek Jackson Member

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    What about the idea of the "Cape to Cairo railway"?
     
  5. stevej713 Well-Known Member

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    I'd say all the projects surrounding the Pontine Marshes. There had been various plans for 2000 years to drain the malarial swamps and it wasn't until the 1950s that the marshes were totally eradicated.
     
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  6. UnaiB Well-Known Member

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    Atlantropa.
     
  7. CtrlAltHistory bleeding heart

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    Soviet lake-changing projects?
    RIP Aral Sea.
     
  8. Quintuplicate Well-Known Member

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    All the 1960s highway projects.
     
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  10. GenericAltHistorian The AS of B

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    The Palace of the Soviets, which foundation was later turned into a swimming pool.
     
  11. Musadutoe Well-Known Member

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    @Quintuplicate why?
     
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  13. GameBawesome Well-Known Member

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    Walt Disney’s original plan of EPCOT
     
  14. Workable Goblin Chronicler of the Pony Wars

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    ISABELLE, a particle collider at Brookhaven National Lab. It was supposed to find the W and Z bosons through high-luminosity proton-proton collisions, but while the goals of the project were reasonable, the development of the necessary magnets was plagued with problems that weren't fixed until the European SPS had already found the W and Z, leaving ISABELLE with no clear rationale and leading it to be cancelled shortly thereafter in favor of the Superconducting Super Collider.

    Of course, SSC was itself a failed megaproject...

    (More positively, the civil engineering work done for ISABELLE was reused for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, which has been highly successful, and probably more useful than ISABELLE itself would have been)
     
  15. KaiserWilhelm Well-Known Member

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    The plans for a canal in Nicaragua
     
  16. Condottiero Knight of the Square Table

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    The Count-Duke of Olivares' project to move the course of the Rhine.
     
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  17. Carl Schwamberger Well-Known Member

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    Jury is still out on the control projects of the Mississippi.
     
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  18. Grand Archduke of Austria Well-Known Member

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    Not if 1 were built buy Polk.
     
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    Christopher Wren's masterplan for London