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Think about it this way -- if you're a stock broker, you need to be at the action so you can respond quickly. You're ether on the floor or you have computers so close by that when you sell, it SELLS first.
Amazon's the same way. It's online stores and virtual server hosting (AWS) need to be close to those exchange points all over the US and world. HQ 2 would really need to be where it can connect to those exchange points. Guess where those points are?
Boston, New York, Newark, Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, LA, San Francisco/San Jose, and Everett (near Seattle).
New York and Newark are closest to a ton of major businesses with international flair, so HQ2-North should be close. DC is were the seat of government is, and HQ2-South would share space with Amazon's lobbyists. Those are two MAJOR benefits that the others don't have (Amazon's HQ1 being in Seattle). Chicago is "close" with it's mercantile exchange... but that's it.
The only thing here is for Amtrak to be "up to it" is that there is fast enough service between the two HQ2's to render flying moot. Amazon's HQ2 south will be Crystal City. If HQ2 North is along the NEC, then Amtrak is "Up to it." If it goes to Chicago, then Amtrak is "not up to it" and it needs to build a high-speed rail service between Philly and Chicago via Pittsburgh real quick.
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She's not wrong: The powers that be have in the past talked up building a big transit/rail hub there which would also connect all the subway routes (the 7, N & W don't connect to the E, F, M, R downstairs).
None of this will happen of course. If I recall right the ESA plan was just two platforms in the middle of Harold. This scenario seems to be what Maloney is pushing for. Amtrak could stop at those same platforms if they wanted... (yes, I know, it'll kill the schedule etc).
As for Amazon, they need the tech talent in NYC - NYC, and certainly not LIC, doesn't need them. LIC has obviously grown (faster that anywhere else in this country) and will keep growing with or without Amazon. The overall sentiment is if they want to come here they can pay their fair share of taxes like the rest of us... so you know, maybe we can afford to reopen the firehouses Bloomberg closed and maybe fix our decaying infrastructure.
Plenty of other cities could use a boost from having Amazon go wherever. LIC, and NYC on a whole, will keep growing with or without them. I'll be surprised if there isn't an NEC stop here within the next 20-30 years, if not much sooner.
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More coverage here.NBC New York: Amazon has canceled its plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City and will not search for another location.
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