Here Is The DDA Pitch Sent To Amazon For HQ2 Bid

Downtown Miami is ideal for Amazon’s HQ2, according to marketing material prepared by the Downtown Development Authority.

Three options are underway or nearing completion that could be suitable for Amazon, the document states. They include Brickell City Centre and Miami World Center. The third is unclear, although it could be MiamiCentral.

Also highlighted is downtown Miami’s booming economy, cultural scene, and recent population explosion.

The city is resilient, with no office buildings losing electric or internet during Hurricane Irma, according to the report.

The documents were obtained by Danny Rivero.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m so sick of everyone railing against Miami – it’s either the weather, the parking, transportation, etc. My guess is that it’s 90+% locals that haven’t haven’t lived elsewhere. I’ve lived in Atlanta, Chicago and NY. I came to visit 5.5 years ago and didn’t leave. In my opinion: traffic / weather / taxes are much better than all three of the places I’ve previously lived BY FAR –> it’s NOT EVEN CLOSE.

If you hate it here that much — please don’t be so unhappy with your life — you should really think about moving elsewhere.

In the meantime, I’ll go out with my dog this evening and enjoy a beautiful Miami winter night (you know, one with shorts on — unlike anywhere else I mentioned this time of year).

If anyone from Amazon does read this (long shot) – don’t think everyone feels this way. Just about everyone loves it here — and the numbers / population growth support this.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amen

Anonymous
3 years ago

I hear ya man… I’m from Miami and I live in a cold weather northern state right now… I can’t wait til I retire (about six more months) so I enjoy those sweet mild winter nights again in Miami……

Marc305
3 years ago

I don’t know who you are but I could not have said it better myself. I am from DC and I LOVE Miami, period! I too came for vacations a number of times and decided to make it my home. Like you said, if you don’t like it, leave, trust me no one will miss you.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So in your opinion two heavy rail lines that don’t even reach key places like Miami Beach, Wynwood, Midtown, Aventura, etc. is good enough? When you were in Chicago and NY were there not more/better transportation options? We’re not railing because we don’t like it, we’re railing because we know Miami has the potential to be the best city in the nation and its just not there yet.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Metra in Chicago is good, the “EL” is awful. It’s so loud, you can get whiplash, never on time, always breaks down and besides the homicide rate and weather, it’s the 3rd thing most people complain about. With Atlanta’s business district so spread out, Marta is hardly practical for most people — although it used to be great for Braves games when downtown — but even they moved.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You are probably already rich and retired. If you got a taste of the complete lack of professionalism in this town you would realize there is zero chance that Amazon would locate here all transit issues aside.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Quite the contrary – have to travel nearly every week out of Miami Airport for my job (another target). Everyone rails against MIA airport and the traffic to get there — try getting to from O’Hare, LGA or Hartsfield. I’m roughly same distance away from the airport as I was elsewhere and even in the worst rush hour here it takes 1/3 the time. And, Miami Airport is fantastic — yes, there’s one section with far gates and we all hate it when we get those — but that’s EVERY occurrence for United out of O’Hare and Atlanta — you have to take a train.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

No. Staff at MIA is terrible — front TSA to cabin services. As said above, rude and unprofessional. Have had more hospitality across every airport in Mexico.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree with what you say about Miami, but the Amazon deal will come down to where they get the most tax breaks.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t understand all the Miami hate as well. I’ve been around the block and though Miami is not perfect by far, it’s still within the top 5 metro areas in the country. It truly is a great time to be living in this city seeing all the new development going up and seeing the city mature from a vacation destination to a world class city on par with the greats.

Pro-Miami
3 years ago

Traveling across the country made me realize that everyone else loves where they live. That DOES NOT mean they have it better, BECAUSE THEY DONT. We have so much more here! DONT S#IT WHERE YOU EAT!

LOVE THIS PLACE AND EMBRACE IT.

p.s. If you trick your mind to be positive, you’ll feel alot better about your everyday life.

Suomynona
3 years ago

I don’t agree with hardly any of this haha.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The biggest hit on Miami is traffic/lack of transportation per rankings/news sources. I think if we had a transportation system the likes of DC, Boston, Chicago, or even now LA, we would be near the top if not #1 for Amazon.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I hope they do not visit us right now, cause it would take them 3 hours from the I-95 Downtown ramp to Miami World Center.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What are you talking about, if you crawled backwards on your hands and knees it wouldn’t take 3 hours in traffic , if you hate miami so much and find it so difficult to get around move to Wyoming, no traffic there buddy

Anonymous
3 years ago

Its called exaggeration, and complacency over our transportation system will get us no where. The only way to get the infrastructure we deserve is if we complain about it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Go complain to City Hall.. google the address in the Grove.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Most of their employees will DRIVE to work (like the vast majority of Americans), and traffic in those mentioned cities make Miami traffic look decent.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A rags to riches story for Miami.. every year things are bigger and better.

Gene
3 years ago

….and people spend more time in their cars. Bigger isn’t always better. Smarter is better.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And yet, you jump in your car every day and add to the very problem you’re complaining about.

Show your intelligence by not adding to the problem.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Flagler Street” – just not right now.

who approved this??
3 years ago

we could of done a lot better

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes, we could have lied more.

Oscar
3 years ago

Seems brief, no?

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

Puff piece but nice to read. Wish we had 2 missing links. Rapid transport and well educated workforce. The second is easy to attract but first we need to get the transport in order. Getting stuck in any of our jamways for an hour is enough to lose the mind.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The second is actually harder to attract without transit options; plenty talent actually avoids Miami for that sole reason.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well, what do you expect when we have a FDOT that is very adamant about spending almost a billion dollars on a bridge that goes across land?

Miamian - Meng
3 years ago

LMAO…. true. “It is separating Downtown and Mid-town.” ….Sure, that’s the problem. The people in the area are just different, but we must stay politically correct. OR spend a billion dollars on a controversial bridge to fix nothing.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Trump has allowed you to be politically incorrect.. so go ahead.. How are the people in A&E District and Midtown Miami “different”?

Anonymous
3 years ago

the two hipster chicks at the metro mover are kind of cute, at least the tall one.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s enough to make me move my company down here.

Anonymous
3 years ago

There is a section in the proposal for Social Justice, OMG! I thought I was done having to hear this angry activist speak.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ha, saw that too.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We have it in the bag, cause BCC is empty.

aceraroja
3 years ago

I saw “bike lane network” and laughed. All lies.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Totally legit because Rickenbacker is a commuter thoroughfare

aceraroja
3 years ago

Hundreds of 60-year-olds riding to Key Biscayne on Sunday morning is a transportation priority!

Anonymous
3 years ago

If AMAZON comes to downtown my condo at the Quantum on the Bay with unobstructed view of the Bay and surrounding islands as well an awesome park just downstairs will DEFINITELY go up to at least $1,000,000!! I hope they come!!!! Jeff Bezos COME BACK HOME!!!!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

this guys been trying to sell his condo for ages

Anonymous
3 years ago

Love Miami, but it’ll be either Austin, TX or Jacksonville, FL. Take it to the bank.

Kenneth
3 years ago

Guys, Miami Is awesome city to Live if you have money. but a city to growth, never. Miami don’t have Jobs creations, it is a inorganic economy. You can’t hope all the jobs in this city will be from Hospitality. Miami needs bigger investments, big headquarters and a better way to increase the private investment ( Factories, Distribution Centers, etc.). The big thing is if the Real Estate still increase and the numbers don’t make cense.

I.Know.Miami
3 years ago

Miami is a gem! Can’t wait to spent summers in Seattle and Winters in Miami, the two most perfect cities in the USA!

Anonymous
3 years ago

we are pushing the FEC so much what about all the empty TOD lots around the future tri-rail coastal link stations in Miami, Broward and even Palm Beach counties. I’ve seen Chicago’s bid sites and they will offer the same bid package as they did to Boeing if not something better, Texas will offer green fields as far as the eye can see and ATL will throw so much free money and tax breaks and probably land too at them till its ridiculous. This is why Miami stands no chance its not affordable here the price of land is crazy and is only going to get worse if HQ2 decided to come. The City would have to offer up some land and tax breaks and none of that was mentioned. Unless Amazon is wanting to make a push into the Latin American Market I don’t see them coming here.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks a little bit like the „Prestige Worldwide“ Presentaton….

Anonymous
3 years ago

LMAO…this is the “I wish I was a Melo guy”…

Anonymous
3 years ago
Anonymous
3 years ago

did I miss the part about the unlimited prostitutes and blow, subsidized rent and qualified immunity from criminal actions ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

At least we’re not a sanctuary city.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The lack of transit immediately disqualifies Miami. Sorry.

????
3 years ago

downtown lacks transportation how?

Anonymous
3 years ago

The region.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, sure Trainboy. Watch ’em move to Jacksonville.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I was hoping never to see the word “intersection” ever again as a word to describe anything but two streets crossing. Hopefully an Amazon reviewer doesn’t feel the same way because it’s a lazy effort. But, my mural made the cut– I believe the only one left from the DDA’s “Urban Walls” project from back in the day– so that helps. That said, Miami has a lot to offer re location BUT, unfortunately, traffic, a basically uneducated population, and the lack of affordable housing will always hurt it. Still, any company who moves here will save a bundle on taxes– and government will trip over itself to make a company like Amazon muy happy. “You want to rename Biscayne Blvd Amazon Way? No problem. Hell, we’ll rename the whole fucking bay if you want. NO, the whole stinkin’ ocean!”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Dumb comments, but everyone has a right to their opinion.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They’ll save an even bigger bundle on taxes in Austin or Houston, plus have an educated workforce and far more affordable office space/workforce housing. Miami can only compete on weather and natural amenities. That’s a nice vacation pitch, but it doesn’t go far in the corporate world.

City Commissioner
3 years ago

People really do not like hearing the obvious…that presentation had more lies than pages.