Amazon.com’s reported plan to split its second headquarters draws criticism

The Amazon Spheres are seen from Lenora Street the Space Needle in the background at AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters in Seattle

Splitting Amazon's second headquarters would dilute the company's original promise of a megadeal.

"Bottom line: the city wanted to make sure they got some positive economic benefit from it, so you can't give all of it back to Amazon" Clouse said. The report centers on Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, specifically.

If it's located in an area that's undeveloped, it could avoid displacing current residents (Facebook's development will displace a largely Hispanic community). Amazon declined comment on those news reports. Not far behind is Newark, New Jersey, which announced $7 billion in incentives to attract the company. Speaking at an unrelated event at the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, Durkan was asked about Amazon's change of plans by KIRO's Graham Johnson.

The e-commerce giant is close to agreements that would split the new headquarters between two locales, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing non-public matters.

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A source close to negotiations told NY1 that Cuomo is willing to go to Seattle next week to try to close the deal. "When you get into the clutter of Queens and Manhattan and that area, and you've got a little bit of busyness in the Arlington area because of D.C., it's not sure what the advantage is to Amazon of having a headquarters there, other than just being close to D.C. if they want to talk to regulators, and close to NYC because it's the biggest city in the country", Clouse said.

An Amazon executive took a swipe at the Washington Post report on Saturday. It also reduces impacts on housing and transit with only 25,000 employees in each city versus 50,000 in one.

On Monday, the New York Times said Amazon is nearing agreements for the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va. The fact that the jobs pay well makes the opportunity even more attractive. Jed Kolko, the chief economist at job site Indeed, said that choosing NY and the D.C. area would "be a much less radical move than many imagined" and another example of "rich places getting richer".

WTF?! Amazon may have just pulled off the ultimate bait and switch, shopping around a second headquarters that'll bring 50,000 new jobs in an effort to see which city offers the best incentives, then only delivering a campus that is half the size of what it promised.

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The possibility was first reported Monday by the Wall Street Journal. "When I say successful, I mean having a really good economy and lots of tech workers". Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled plans for an office expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs by 2021 in fields including machine learning and robotics. The company had been accepting proposals for its new facility, which is expected to cost around $5 billion. He noted that Denver is already now struggling to handle its enormous growth and an influx of Amazon employees could have further exacerbated the problems we see in housing and traffic.

Amazon a year ago announced plans to invest $5 billion in a second headquarters and hire as many as 50,000 people, setting off a frenzy of interest from cities in the US and Canada.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data, but then you make that decision with your heart", he said.

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