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AMAZON HQ2 IN NYC

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> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."
I'M RAFAEL PI ROMAN.
THIS MORNING AMAZON ANNOUNCED IT
HAS SELECTED LONG ISLAND CITY
QUEENS AND THE CRYSTAL CITY
NEIGHBORHOOD OF ARLINGTON,
VIRGINIA, AS THE LOCATIONS FOR
THE COMPANY'S NEW HEADQUARTERS.
IT WAS JUST OVER A YEAR AGO THAT
THE E-COMMERCE GIANT ANNOUNCED
IT WOULD OPEN A SECOND CORPORATE
HEADQUARTERS COMMONLY REFERRED
TO AS H Q2.
THE COMPANY SAID IT WILL INVEST
$5 BILLION AND CREATE MORE THAN
50,000 JOBS ON H Q2 WHICH IT HAS
NOW DECIDED TO DIVIDE INTO TWO
SEPARATE HEADQUARTERS.
A REACTION TO THE DECISION,
GOVERNOR CUOMO SAID WITH THE
AVERAGE SALARY OF $50,000 A YEAR
WHICH THEY WILL BE PAYING THE
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW
EMPLOYEES THEY'LL BE CREATING
INVESTMENTS IN QUEENS THAT WILL
QUOTE, FLOURISH FOR THE ENTIRE
REGION.
SO NOW THAT THE RUMORS HAVE BEEN
CONFIRMED, WHAT WILL THIS ALL
MEAN FOR LONG ISLAND CITY AND
THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS
AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR ALL OF
US HERE IN NEW YORK?
I SAT DOWN WITH AMY PLIT THE
EDITOR FROM CURB NEW YORK AND I
ASKED HER IF THE COMPANY'S
DECISION TO DIVIDE HQ2 INTO
SEPARATE OFFICES DIMINISHES THE
CACHET OF THE LOCATIN.
>> YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME
CRITICS WHO SAID THAT AMAZON
LAUNCHED THE WHOLE SEARCH.
THAT CITIES WERE VYING FOR,
CITIES WERE RENAMING THEMSELVES
AND PITCHING ALL OF THESE
RIDICULOUS THINGS TO GET AMAZON
TO COME THERE AND ULTIMATELY
THEY'RE ENDING UP WITH TWO,
ALMOST SATELLITE OFFICES.
SO IT'S NOT QUITE AS BIG OF A
DEAL I THINK AS IT WAS
ORIGINALLY PITCHED TO BE.
BUT IT'S STILL GOING TO BE --
>> STILL GOING TO BE HUGE.
BY THE WAY, TALKING ABOUT THEM
MY NEXT QUESTION IS WHAT DID THE
CITY HAVE TO GIVE, TO OFFER, TO
GIVE TO FOLKS AT AMAZON OVER
HERE?
I KNOW GOVERNOR CUOMO SAID HE'LL
RENAME HIMSELF AS AMAZON CUOMO.
WHAT DOES NEW YORK CITY OR THE
STATE GET IN RETURN FOR WHATEVER
IT IS THAT WE OFFERED AMAZON?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING
HQ2 DIVIDED BY TWO HERE?
>> SO AMAZON HAS PITCHED ITS HQ2
AS A BIG JOBS GENERATOR.
IT WOULD BRING 25,000 JOBS TO
NEW YORK CITY.
WHICH IS A PRETTY BIG IMPACT.
IT HAS SAID IN SEATTLE WHERE IT
HAS ITS CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
WHICH I GUESS WE'RE CALLING THAT
HQ1 THAT IT'S ADDED BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS TO THE ECONOMY BECAUSE
YOU HAVE WORKERS THERE.
YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE BUILDING
THEIR OFFICES.
YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT
WAYS THAT MONEY IS BEING BROUGHT
BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY.
SO THAT'S AMAZON'S PITCH.
YOU KNOW, WE'LL BRING MONEY AND
JOBS TO YOUR CITY IF YOU GIVE US
LAND AND SUBSIDIES.
THINGS LIKE THAT.
>> SO WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES?
>> SO I THINK IT'S HARD TO SAY
WHAT THE DOWNSIDES WILL BE BUT
IF YOU LOOK AT SEATTLE WHERE THE
HOUSING PRICES HAVE GONE UP
ASTRONOMICALLY, THE LACK OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING HAS
CONTRIBUTED TO A HUGE
HOMELESSNESS CRISIS IN THAT
AREA.
>> 25,000 PEOPLE IS GOING TO
HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE HOUSING NO
MATTER HOW YOU --
>> ABSOLUTELY.
>> HOW YOU SLICE IT.
>> AND 25,000 PEOPLE ON THE
INFRASTRUCTURE IN LONG ISLAND
CITY, EVEN IF THEY DON'T LIVE
THERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE COMING IN
AND OUT, YOU KNOW, TAKING THE
SUBWAY.
WHICH AS WE ALL KNOW IS A MESS.
>> TRANSPORTATION.
I MEAN THE ONLY LINE THAT GOES
FROM LONG ISLAND CITY TO
MANHATTAN IS THE 7 TRAIN.
>> YEAH.
>> IT'S ALREADY OVERWHELMED.
>> IT IS.
IT'S OVERWHELMED.
THE SIGNAL MODERNIZATION ALONG
THE 7 LINE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR
WHICH WOULD IN THEORY MAKE
THINGS A LITTLE BIT BETTER
BECAUSE YOU COULD RUN MORE
TRAINS.
>> BUT A COUPLE MORE TRAINS.
>> JUST A COUPLE MORE TRAINS.
THE RELIABILITY WOULD HOPEFULLY
BE BETTER, BUT AGAIN, YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE ON A TRAIN THAT'S ALREADY
REALLY CRUSHED FOR SPACE.
>> WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER
INFRASTRUCTURE?
I MEAN, YOU TALK ABOUT SEWAGE TO
SCHOOLS.
>> YEAH.
YEAH.
SO THE CITY HAD ANNOUNCED JUST A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO IT'S
INVESTING AN ADDITIONAL
$180 MILLION TO IMPROVE THE
INFRASTRUCTURE IN LONG ISLAND
CITY.
IT WAS SUSPICIOUSLY WELL TIMED
BUT PART IS IMPROVING THE SEWAGE
SYSTEM AND RESILIENCY MEASURES
BECAUSE IT'S ON THE WATERFRONT
AND VERY VULNERABLE TO THE
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
IT IS ALSO GOING TO BRING A NEW
SCHOOL IN THE AREA AROUND COURT
SQUARE AND THAT'S ONE SCHOOL.
SO THE CITY IS PUTTING MONEY
INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO
HOPEFULLY ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS
BUT THERE'S STILL --
>> CLEARLY, IT WILL AFFECT MORE
THAN JUST LONG ISLAND CITIES, IT
WILL AFFECT THE SONNY SIDE, UP
TO WOODSIDE.
MAYBE QUEENS WILL BE GENTRIFIED.
SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
SAYING FOR DECADES.
>> YEAH.
I LIVED IN ASTORIA IN 2004 AND
PEOPLE SAID THEY'LL GENTRIFY
AND --
>> I LIVED IN WOODSIDE FOR 15
YEARS.
I HE WANT HEARING THAT THE WHOLE
TIME.
SO FINALLY, HOW WILL IT CHANGE
NEW YORK CITY ITSELF?
I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WE WANTED TO
BE A HIGH-TECH HUB.
I GUESS THIS WILL MAKE IT SO.
BUT DO WE REALLY WANT TO BE
SILICON VALLEY EAST?
DO WE WANT TO BE SAN FRANCISCO
EAST?
>> THE CITY REALLY WANTS THAT.
YOU KNOW, THERE WAS THE REZONING
THAT HAPPENED EARLIER THIS YEAR
FOR THE TECH HUB AT UNION
SQUARE, THE INNOVATION CENTER
WITH A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT
OFFERINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO
LEARN MORE ABOUT BEING MORE
INVOLVED IN THE TECH INDUSTRY.
YOU SEE THE TECH CENTERS, ONE IS
OPENING IN RED HOOK.
YOU HAVE CORNELL TECH JUST
ACROSS THE RIVER FROM LONG
ISLAND CITY.
SO I KNOW -- THE CITY DEFINITELY
WANTS TO BOLSTER ITS REPUTATION
AS A PLACE FOR TECH WORKERS AND
THAT KIND OF SILICON ALLEY
RATHER THAN SILICON VALLEY.
BUT YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT IS
THIS GOING TO MEAN FOR THE
NEIGHBORHOODS OUTSIDE OF LONG
ISLAND CITY THAT MIGHT SEE THIS
RIPPLE EFFECT AND HOUSING PRICES
GOING UP.
>> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.


URL: https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2018/11/amazon-hq2-in-nyc/