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Here’s what Crystal City commuters, residents think of Amazon coming to Virginia
In Crystal City, Virginia, commuters and residents wonder how Amazon’s newest headquarters will change where they work and live. (Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)
November 13 at 11:28 AM
The drawn-out theater of Amazon’s decision Tuesday to split its second headquarters between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington, VA’s Crystal City was met with a maelstrom of criticism from local officials and professionals.
While Amazon has touted the prosperity the headquarters would bring — pledging to make $5 billion in capital investments and create 50,000 jobs between the two headquarters — politicians voiced concerns that the influx of tech workers would fuel inequality and hurt lower-income populations. Others slammed the company for settling on obvious cities after a lengthy search that drew 238 bids, including many from smaller cities in need of the “transformation” Amazon promised.
While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo implored Amazon to come to New York City, reportedly saying he’d “change his name to Amazon Cuomo if that’s what it takes”, local politicians were wary about the deal. Prior to the announcement, New York City council member Jimmy Van Bramer and state senator Michael Gianaris published a joint statement in the Yonkers Tribune criticizing the use of “scarce public resources” as “massive corporate welfare. Now, Van Bramer and Gianaris are teaming up with local activist groups to protest Amazon’s plans on Wednesday.
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Taylor Telford’s article was also published by the Chicago Tribune …