Thursday, 11 January 2018

One walk through Seattle's 'Amazonia' neighborhood made me very uneasy for whatever city gets HQ2

quote [ For those wondering what their city may look like should Amazon choose it, the company's current home in Seattle is a cautionary tale. ]

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[by raphael_the_turtle@6:34pmGMT]


arrowhen said @ 10:20pm GMT on 11th Jan [Score:2 laz0r]
Sometimes I miss Seattle. I think if I ever moved back there, though, I'd miss it even more.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:17pm GMT on 12th Jan
They say you can never go home again. I don't understand that, myself. I go home every day.
evil_eleet said @ 9:20pm GMT on 11th Jan
Talks of boston for hq2.
conception said @ 5:44pm GMT on 12th Jan
I think this isn't a great article. The comparisons to Boeing are fair and apt but "The neighborhood seemed to move to the rhythms of Amazon. At lunchtime, the streets were bustling. In the hours after, they were practically empty, save for a couple people grabbing coffee." - I mean... it's downtown. Have they ever lived in any city? People don't just hang out on the streets during work hours, they are working.

A few of the other criticisms are nonsensical - "Some folks in Seattle don't like that Amazon has added more bike lanes and more public transport." A) Shitty reporting via "some people" doesn't give any idea to the scope of that. It is 2 people or 20,000? and B) Really? People in Seattle are upset about better environmental choices? I think that's bullshit.

Anyway... it's a good cautionary tale for any city not to put all its eggs in one baskets as that basket will eventually fail. But the rest of it is a great example of the quality of journalism faltering.
raphael_the_turtle said @ 7:16pm GMT on 12th Jan
I won't argue about journalistic quality, because I can't really. But a lot of what this article describes echos the issues that have plagued the areas surrounding Silicon Valley and should really be setting off warning bells for a lot of the cities around the US that have been endlessly expanding in hopes of following in the Valley's footsteps. There's people it works out for long term, and people it doesn't. And the people it doesn't work out for seem to be amassing in greater and greater numbers across the country.
conception said @ 6:35pm GMT on 13th Jan [Score:2]
yeah, it's almost like Hypergentrification. Maybe I'll just coin that term now.
raphael_the_turtle said @ 7:04pm GMT on 14th Jan
I got curious. I wonder what happened May 2010. Bailouts? Cash for clunkers?
Fish said @ 1:37am GMT on 12th Jan [Score:-4 Unworthy Self Link]
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