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What's the Most Likely Location for Amazon's HQ2?
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Re: It's about the data
  • 12/6/2017 8:51:51 AM
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SaneIT cautions ...

... be careful what you wish for.  The last time I was in Seattle I heard a whole lot of complaints about the tech companies that moved in and the changes that came with them.  Very few were fond of the changes and it sounds like few cities are ready to handle the influx of people that come with this deal.  

Excellent point. Here in Central Texas, as Robert's blog article points out, Austin is one of the top urban contenders for the Golden HQ2 Award. But nobody has really asked the population who actually live here.

Austin has pretensions of being a Livable City, a Smart City, or a Party City – basically, contradictory and somewhat incompatible aspirations. But for years it's been faced with two mammoth and growing crises: mobility and affordable housing. Not only do I not see these issues incorporated in the metrics and criteria that are the data source of Roberts graphic analysis, I don't see them being included in the issue of Amazon's new HQ2 itself. 

In fact, if by the odd chance Austin were selected for HQ2, it would probably set the city even further back with respect to these two very salient problems.

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Re: It's about the data
  • 12/4/2017 11:59:22 AM
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But I do wonder if a high growth area would be ideal because off the higher cost of land and building in such a location. I would think a location that is central to a large population but still with low costs of builiding and employing thousands of new people might take preference.

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 2:37:11 PM
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Mind sharing which metro area you live in, SaneIT? Guessing it's Seattle, but maybe not. The conditions you described could apply to a handful of cities (SF, Boston, DC/Northern Virginia).

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 2:33:57 PM
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I'm totally in your camp, louisw900. I've thought Atlanta has held the edge pretty much from the time they threw their hat in the ring. Affordable, business friendly, a major transportation hub for consumers and businesses... it's going to be tough to beat.

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 2:31:16 PM
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All that without a new giant company moving in? Your area has quite a task ahead... I live in a high growth area as well, but we haven't run into those problems yet. We may be growing at a much slower rate. Road construction seems constant so at least something is being done to adapt. It seems like it'll never end, however.

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 11:27:43 AM
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" I'm not particulary anti hipster or Starbucks or any business popping up to support growth......"

  

Neither am I SaneIT,  I was just trying to add a little humor to the discussion but it is interesting to note what your area is experiencing as a result of growth.

What is clear though is that every small or medium city will loose some coziness when a big company comes to town.

I like how you put it at the begining of this thread, "Be careful what you wish for...."

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 11:20:40 AM
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I doubt it Michelle.  Most cities probably won't have any clue about the future impact or care, just focusing on the near term and bringing in a big name like Amazon.

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 11:17:49 AM
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Broadway, I was thinking the same thing in regards to larger companies and that's why I think the City of Atlanta has the edge when it comes to tax breaks and all the rest.  

 

Hollywood is already moving there in droves and the main reason outside of having beautiful spots to film are the advantageous taxes.

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/30/2017 8:33:18 AM
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I'm not particulary anti hipster or Starbucks or any business popping up to support growth around a larger company coming in but yes higher rent, congested roads, insufficent power, water, garbage collection, etc. to support the influx of people and the quick building of residential areas that will follow.  I live in an area where growth has been high for a long period of time.  Our schools are over crowded, roads are congested and any attempts to correct this seem to be focused on the current population and not 10 years down the road.   I'm convinced this is because they started planning for the expansions 5 years ago and they're still working of that data rather than adjust knowing that what they finish in 2020 will be too little too late.

Re: It's about the data
  • 11/29/2017 11:47:34 PM
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I didn't know about the limits being imposed. This is the right move, from what I've read about Google's impact on the area. I wonder if the new Amazon HQ will see similar restrictions from whatever city it lands in...

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