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Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:42 am
by TitosBuritoBarn
Meh, it's still a long shot...

I'm mildly annoyed that the author believes New Orleans is in the midwest.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:24 pm
by Garrett
TitosBuritoBarn wrote:Meh, it's still a long shot...

I'm mildly annoyed that the author believes New Orleans is in the midwest.


I stopped reading at “New Orleans=Midwest”

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:05 am
by Uffda
Interesting article about Amazon's effect on Seattle

One walk through Seattle's 'Amazonia' neighborhood made me very uneasy for whatever city gets HQ2

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-h ... equences-6

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:04 am
by TitosBuritoBarn
Uffda wrote:Interesting article about Amazon's effect on Seattle

One walk through Seattle's 'Amazonia' neighborhood made me very uneasy for whatever city gets HQ2

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-h ... equences-6


As much as I believe Business Insider is Buzzfeed for news, he makes a couple good points. First, it's never a good idea to let one company dominate the local economy and be responsible for the majority of jobs. Because when that company leaves or declines, and it almost certainly will, the city/region of the city goes with it.

Second is the issue with Amazon attempting to control everything. If true what he reports about Amazon requiring businesses to stay open at night, there will be a lot of turnover unless they balance out the daytime and nighttime activity. A substantially greater number of residents as well as cultural institutions are needed to achieve a proper daytime/nighttime balance. That's usually easy (but slow) to fix.

Many of the other issues are just products of growth and can become major positives (which he does allude to) when sorted out better. If there weren't problems to fix, I wouldn't have a job.

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What I'm hoping they do is locate to a city that has fallen on hard times like St. Louis, Detroit that has the infrastructure for growth already in place and could handle the influx of a large new employer. In St. Louis, we have an entire airport terminal we don't use, a light-rail system that is rarely congested, an urban housing stock that is ripe for investment as much of it as abandoned or underutilized, and a downtown with enough building stock and vacant lots to absorb at least what Amazon is proposing.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:19 am
by Uffda
TitosBuritoBarn wrote:
Uffda wrote:Interesting article about Amazon's effect on Seattle

One walk through Seattle's 'Amazonia' neighborhood made me very uneasy for whatever city gets HQ2

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-h ... equences-6


As much as I believe Business Insider is Buzzfeed for news, he makes a couple good points. First, it's never a good idea to let one company dominate the local economy and be responsible for the majority of jobs. Because when that company leaves or declines, and it almost certainly will, the city/region of the city goes with it.

Second is the issue with Amazon attempting to control everything. If true what he reports about Amazon requiring businesses to stay open at night, there will be a lot of turnover unless they balance out the daytime and nighttime activity. A substantially greater number of residents as well as cultural institutions are needed to achieve a proper daytime/nighttime balance. That's usually easy (but slow) to fix.

Many of the other issues are just products of growth and can become major positives (which he does allude to) when sorted out better. If there weren't problems to fix, I wouldn't have a job.

--

What I'm hoping they do is locate to a city that has fallen on hard times like St. Louis, Detroit that has the infrastructure for growth already in place and could handle the influx of a large new employer. In St. Louis, we have an entire airport terminal we don't use, a light-rail system that is rarely congested, an urban housing stock that is ripe for investment as much of it as abandoned or underutilized, and a downtown with enough building stock and vacant lots to absorb at least what Amazon is proposing.


I noticed within his article he had links to other articles. The author was kind of putting it all in one spot.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:46 pm
by bigredmed1
Uffda wrote:
TitosBuritoBarn wrote:
Uffda wrote:Interesting article about Amazon's effect on Seattle

One walk through Seattle's 'Amazonia' neighborhood made me very uneasy for whatever city gets HQ2

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-h ... equences-6


As much as I believe Business Insider is Buzzfeed for news, he makes a couple good points. First, it's never a good idea to let one company dominate the local economy and be responsible for the majority of jobs. Because when that company leaves or declines, and it almost certainly will, the city/region of the city goes with it.

Second is the issue with Amazon attempting to control everything. If true what he reports about Amazon requiring businesses to stay open at night, there will be a lot of turnover unless they balance out the daytime and nighttime activity. A substantially greater number of residents as well as cultural institutions are needed to achieve a proper daytime/nighttime balance. That's usually easy (but slow) to fix.

Many of the other issues are just products of growth and can become major positives (which he does allude to) when sorted out better. If there weren't problems to fix, I wouldn't have a job.

--

What I'm hoping they do is locate to a city that has fallen on hard times like St. Louis, Detroit that has the infrastructure for growth already in place and could handle the influx of a large new employer. In St. Louis, we have an entire airport terminal we don't use, a light-rail system that is rarely congested, an urban housing stock that is ripe for investment as much of it as abandoned or underutilized, and a downtown with enough building stock and vacant lots to absorb at least what Amazon is proposing.


I noticed within his article he had links to other articles. The author was kind of putting it all in one spot.


STL would be a good space for that much development, but I think they will head to the cool kids club towns like Austin.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:29 pm
by Professor Woland
Boston.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:36 pm
by damonhynes
bigredmed1 wrote:STL would be a good space for that much development, but I think they will head to the cool kids club towns like Austin.


STL is the antithesis of cool, to be sure.

Albuquerque is the new Austin. Mark my words. :D

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:17 pm
by bigredmed1
damonhynes wrote:
bigredmed1 wrote:STL would be a good space for that much development, but I think they will head to the cool kids club towns like Austin.


STL is the antithesis of cool, to be sure.

Albuquerque is the new Austin. Mark my words. :D

Used to live there in the 80s. It's always been better than Austin.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:22 am
by jessep28

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:41 am
by Coyote
The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:30 am
by nebugeater
Coyote wrote:The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.



Glad they specified Columbus OHIO or I would have thought Columbus Nebr made it !

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:34 am
by Garrett
Well, looks like only 1 Rustbelt city on the list, otherwise not too surprising. I would have thought Detroit and STL would’ve had a chance.

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:09 am
by TitosBuritoBarn
Can't say I'm too surprised about this list either. Hoped to see STL, Detroit, or Cleveland on here too.

Personally, my preferred city for it to go to is Pittsburgh. Out of all the cities on the list, it's the one that seems to have fallen the hardest. Chicago would be second, although Chicago hasn't had much trouble with attracting new business to the city lately. I also think Atlanta, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and possibly Newark and Nashville could use what Amazon would likely bring - that being urban oriented, commercial, high paying jobs. The other cities are doing fine on their own (Raleigh, Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, New York, Boston, Toronto), have cost of living issues that would be made worse (Los Angeles, Boston, New York, DC, Toronto) or would just squander the opportunity (Dallas, Raleigh, Miami).

Re: Amazon HQ2

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:01 pm
by Greg S
My money is still on Denver.