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Seattle mayor roasts Amazon’s plans to split HQ2 between 2 cities

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Jenny Durkan Seattle mayor
Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan
said that splitting HQ2 would be “good news” for her
city.

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  • Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said she would be pleased if
    Amazon split its
    much-awaited HQ2 between two cities.
  • “I’d call those branch offices,” the mayor told KIRO-TV Seattle.
  • The New York Times
    reported
    on Monday evening that Amazon is planning to open HQ2
    facilities in New York and Virginia.

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said she was heartened by reports that Amazon plans to split its HQ2 facilities between two
locations.

“I’d call those branch offices,” she told KIRO-TV Seattle on Monday
night. “That would be good news.”

Her wish seemingly came true later Monday night, when The New
York Times
reported
that Amazon had decided to go with two cities: Long
Island City in Queens, New York, and Crystal City in Arlington,
Virginia.

It makes sense that the mayor of Seattle would be excited about
the fact that her city seems poised to remain the true center of
Amazon’s operations. But Durkan’s quip about HQ2 echoes a lot of
the criticism swirling around
Amazon’s reported picks — not
to mention the manner in which the online retail giant teased its
decision-making.

Read more:

Amazon
is reportedly splitting HQ2 into 2 cities, which would prove the
whole contest was a massive sham

Amazon previously said that it planned to hire 50,000 employees to work in
its new corporate headquarters. The company also drew out the
selection process, even releasing a short list of potential
candidates. In the meantime,
different localities across North America fell over themselves to
offer Amazon flashy perks and lucrative tax
breaks.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo even joked that he’d change his name
to “Amazon Cuomo” in exchange for
HQ2.

For a while, though, it appeared that Northern
Virginia was a front-runner in the race for HQ2.

But by dividing up its new headquarters between two locations,
critics have argued that the the online retailer is minimizing
the impact of HQ2. In other words, the argument is that instead
of opening a second headquarters, it’s just opening two large
offices.

Then again, given the potential downsides of Amazon
HQ2 — namely skyrocketing rent, increased traffic, and overall
gentrification — perhaps a reduced rollout isn’t such a bad
thing.

Read more about Amazon’s HQ2 project:

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