4 thoughts on “HQ2? HQ Boo! The Amazon Deal and NYC’s Progressive Identity

  1. “De Blasio has gone into multiple low-income neighborhoods and insisted that people should accept new development, notwithstanding their terror that it would gentrify them out of their community or into a homeless shelter, because, the mayor said, the city was desperate for housing. ”

    The city is desperate for housing. Though it might seem like a ton of new housing is being built, throughout the 2010s construction of new housing has lagged behind population growth. That’s not an opinion, that’s just a fact. And when supply lags behind demand, there’s only one thing that will happen. Reasonable minds can certainly disagree about the wisdom of the Amazon deal and neighborhood equity in de Blasio’s housing plan but to imply the city doesn’t need more housing is just disingenuous.

    • That wasn’t the implication at all. The issue is that the desperate need for housing didn’t stop the city from deeding a housing site to Amazon.

  2. I think that Amazon will be good for NYC and NYS. But I don’t like Cuomo’s intended use of a ‘Project Plan’ to over-ride NYC’s zoning laws.

    Someone should show this deBlasio quote to Bezos:

    What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.”

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/09/bill-de-blasio-in-conversation.html

  3. Gov. DUMB & Mayor DUMBER! I’m surprised Trump hasn’t gone after them yet for this deal. Maybe he’s holding them for dessert.

    Here’s the deal to AMAZON: You want to be in NYC. Here’s what you get: NYC and all its attributes. That’s what you’re after, right? Now how much will you give US to put it in a shape you like? You have to cover the our costs. No free ride here.

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