Feb 16, 2019

The community that rejected Amazon

A day after Amazon announced it would abandon controversial plans to build a new campus in New York City, the neighbourhood selected for the expansion was still in shock. The divided opinions reflected the fierce debate stirred by Amazon's plan, which would have added 25,000 jobs over 10 years to a waterfront district in Queens already grappling with fallout from years of rapid change. Activists and local politicians questioned necessity of the subsidies, which amounted to more than $48,000 per job - far more generous than the one Amazon accepted in Northern Virginia, near Washington DC, where it has similar plans. Rew McGowan, 27, who moved to Long Island City about two years ago, said he was not worried about rebuffing Amazon, pointing to the mass of gleaming towers looming nearby. "Who's going to go to the place that fights Amazon?".

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