It’s Official: NY & Arlington Picked By Amazon For HQ2

Amazon has announced New York City and Northern Virginia as the sites for their HQ2 expansion.

Each will receive up to 25,000 jobs.

Nashville will also receive an office with 5,000 jobs.

The company will receive billions in incentives from the three locations, with the largest amount coming from New York.

 

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Because NYC and DC always chose to expand their actual rail networks instead of this “rapid transit bus” plan to nowhere..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, never any highway traffic issues in these two cities.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh but they have rapid transit. Face it, big money isn’t going to cities without a comprehensive transit system. You don’t see these companies flocking to Mobile, Alabama. They’re going to the well established cities that aren’t stuck being “financially responsible”

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or Miami

Anonymous
2 years ago

Atlanta doesn’t have a comprehensive rail or mass transit per se and they score lots of companies, Fortune 500’s and high paying jobs. That’s not to say we shouldn’t invest in mass transit. The fundamentals of it is that in Miami, it’s too late.
No density, plenty of parking space, a mandatory parking quota per sq ft for developers and no centralized urban center makes it a total waste for any mass transit project.

Anonymous
2 years ago

no centralized urban center ? I believe we have one it covers brickell downtown amd wynwood

Anonymous
2 years ago

Atlantan’s use Marta to get to Hartsfield.. that’s about it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get informed before talking BS.
1-Atlanta has a Subway system Called MARTA.
2-Atlanta isn’t run by a bunch of Suburban Republican Cubans (I’m Cuban)

Anonymous
2 years ago

And you had to play the political card…
Please, find another escapism. It’s done and it’s so tired…

Anonymous
2 years ago

As long as Trump and Republicans continue to mess up everything in the country its not done.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Couldnt agree with you more

Anonymous
2 years ago

Florida Archaic Republicans don’t understand that Corporate welfare isn’t enough to attract big companies.
As we speak, condos are selling in Long Island City via text.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Neither is democratic high taxes to support people in welfare!!?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Florida Repubs think the way to get jobs into your state is the fake noise about having zero state tax or no tax for anything – which in turn means you will have very little investment in public education for the masses or transportation, etc. etc. Idiots. There is no evidence that the states who have been talked into being a slave mentality (i.e. don’t upset massa corporation else dey won’t do nuttin’ for us folk) gets any critical mass of high paying industry. It’s a lie and the corporations laugh, draining your poor azz state for what it’s worth while locating their fanciful jobs in Cali, NY, London, Chicago and numerous other so called expensive high taxed places. They know where the intelligent and skilled employ base is and it is NOT in your state. Stop using Texas as an example, it is an anomaly!

Anonymous
2 years ago

So why the 10 better states are low taxes and republican states and 10 the worse are democrats and high taxes states ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

papi New York is DEMOCRATIC. Do your studies

Gene
2 years ago

….and also that Florida needs to rely on more than just tourist dollars to survive.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh but of course there’s traffic issues in NYC and DC, no question…but it’s not from the commuters, they’re mostly on those rickety old trains many Miamians deride while they’re stuck in that quicksand gridlock on 836. They’ll be cooked in their cars by the time the millionth environmental impact study is completed for Metrorail expansion.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

Both NYC subway and DC Metro are having severe maintenance problems. NJ Transit and Amtrak share two 100+ year old tunnels crumbling under the Hudson, and Christie nixed NJ contributing to build a third.
It’s not enough to build a system, it must be maintained over time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are correct that NYC subway has severe maintenance problems. But the fact is that they work and nearly 6 million riders utilize it daily. And it gets commuters from point A to point B relatively quickly and no need to worry about car traffic.

NJ Transit and Amtrak are disasters that will only get worse with time. Its possible this is one reason why Newark didn’t win yet Long Island City did.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agreed

Anonymous
2 years ago

The car companies own the right to keep you attached to a car in the U.S.
Talk about embarrassing when you look at what China has built in the last 10 years. The subway systems they have in most urban centers is First Class

Anonymous
2 years ago

its appaling how little importance this country places on public infrastructure, especially at the federal level. If we only reduced the DoD’s budget by 10% and put that money towards infrastructure, youre looking at about $60 billion a year worth of projects…0.7 trillion over the course of a decade. How many many miles of metrorail could you build with that nationwide in just 10 years. We just dont have our priorities right.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Still better than transit here

Anonymous
2 years ago

Here’s another look at the reasons why… http://bit.ly/2Fk3s6t

Anonymous
2 years ago

As I wrote on this site a few days ago and I will write again today. Miami did not have a shot as soon as Bezos said he was looking for a city that was middle of the road and a place that was conducive for work and did not have many distractions. That is simply not Miami. I am sure that eventually Amazon will open up something here because we are the gateway to Latin America but a real head quarters, no way.

Polo
2 years ago

I heard on MSNBC today that Miami may be selected some time in the future as the Amazon Latin American headquaters.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Key word you used, “may.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

NYC does not have distractions? you obviously havent been up there

Anonymous
2 years ago

Look, we don’t need no stinking Casinos and we don’t need no stinking Amazon!

Anonymous
2 years ago

NYC is the center of the universe, it has everything. Miami is the center of party land and at the end of the day Bezos did not chose us, even Nashville beat us. It’s just a sad day.

Anonymous
2 years ago

As a former New Yorker you learn to live with them perfectly fine

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amazon is taking over an EXISTING 1 million sq f office building in Queens, its not only transportation whats lacking in Miami!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is what happens when you fail to upgrade the city’s infrastructure all in the name of being “financially responsible”. All I hear is we can’t afford this and we can’t afford that. Let’s do Bus Rapid Transit because it’s cheaper and “a more responsible use of our money”…..Cheap ass politicians with no vision thinking that being cheap 24/7 is going to get Miami anywhere. I don’t understand these “fiscally responsible” politicians in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But Miami is getting a bridge that looks like a giant spider is crawling on it.

Eric J. Snyder
2 years ago

Lol! Couldn’t have put it all in perspective better myself!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mostly from Cuba

Anonymous
2 years ago

… and don’t giveadamn what anybody who was born in this country has to say.

Anonymous
2 years ago

part of the problem is that the only people that have any participation in choosing our elected officials are the silver sneakers that catch rides on Leon Medical Center buses. Politcians here thrive with that age grouo knowing well that the only needed poticial agenda is to say that theyre for cutting taxes and ensure that free rides on public transit live on.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not surprised.. but let’s bring the Amazon Latin American HQ to Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

NYC has the infrastructure they were looking for.
We’re light years away in so many aspects.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Apples and Oranges

Anonymous
2 years ago

I see what you did there

Anonymous
2 years ago

We really need to put the pressure on Miami-Dade’s government to implement the SMART plan ASAP or we won’t see it in our lifetimes

Anonymous
2 years ago

The only SMART plan Miami need are more bike lanes!

Anonymous
2 years ago

stop reelecting theses same dinosaurs

Bryan
2 years ago

We cant even have rational discourse. We are so far away lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

Centuries…..Miami will be under water by the time we get good transit.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey, they’re giving you third world looking free trolleys.. what else do you want?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Trolleys that take an hour to go from downtown to Coral Gables

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol okay

Anonymous
2 years ago

Latin American Countries have begun to Tax amazon to the point its not usable.. They know a thing or two about monopolies.

Anonymous
2 years ago

When will you all stop with this Latin America HQ nonsense? Someone below already nailed it: Amazon (like everyone else) gets taxed like crazy by many of those countries. There’s a reason why every Brazilian is checking 6 bags and a flat screen TV when they leave Miami. There’s a reason why over 66% of customers at Dolphin Mall aren’t from Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Even if we were to take transit out of the equation, Miami’s population is nowhere near as educated as HQ2 would require. Sad but true.

Anonymous
2 years ago

jew not no wat jew talk abot main…..

Anonymous
2 years ago

yea man yo rite

Anonymous
2 years ago

Failed

Bryan
2 years ago

The city/county will have to become attractive to get the jobs and talent to come. I guess nice weather and beaches is not enough. What are they looking for? Let’s make a list

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey, I got one. How about more parks? Turning the city and county into one giant park will definitely attract big business.

Bryan
2 years ago

Why cant we have serious civic discussions in Miami. Is this a cultural thing? Might have run amazon off. Below is a list of cities with the largest percentage of their areas dedicated to parks.

1. Minneapolis
2. New York
3. Boston (tie)
3. Sacramento (tie)
3. San Francisco (tie)
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Portland
8. Virginia Beach
9. San Diego
10. Seattle

Every world class city has a park element. It’s not an end all be all but it may play a part. The problem with the parks in Miami is they are superficial like a lot of things in Miami. Not really connected to the neighborhoods, not enough shade trees and frankly other cities have used prime land along water fronts. They have created destination parks
that people must go to as a part of their tourist stops etc. In Miami our leaders give waterfront land away to developers. We just need to have real conversations and talk about a vision.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Dade has the Everglades — take drive west sometime

Bryan
2 years ago

That’s a national park along with Biscayne Bay. Its important for us to know the difference. Federal, State, County, City. Miami Dade has done nothing but maybe build a new highway there lmao.

Gene
2 years ago

The Everglades is a brilliant natural resource not an urban recreational park such as Central Park in NY. You need to see it sometime.

Anonymous
2 years ago

See everybody, Miami doesn’t need an educated work force and a better transit system.. all Miami need is more parks and bike lanes and everything will be alright. That’s the real conversation and vision we need.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Carlos Jimenez FYI, Amazon is not a fast food restaurant chain.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I recognize the benefit of waterfront parks but the interior would benefit more from park land than the waterfront.

Bryan
2 years ago

That’s true but they have to be integrated into the communities. Otherwise they will be empty and people will say look we cleared some grass. Here is your park and no one uses it. A park you can walk to from
your neighborhood. If you have sidewalks lmao. A community designed around a park. We need to start making an effort like some of the cities we want to become.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, we have people struggling to pay these highass rents and you’re talking about parks as if that’s the cure all for everything… smdh…

Bryan
2 years ago

Bro we need an all above approach. If you had some nice neighborhoods around a destination park connected to rapid transit maybe a little far from the urban core, the rents their will possibly be less. There is no planning and people yelling on a soap box. It’s not just about parks, transit, ped and bike lanes, cost of living. Everything is on the table. Nothing will change until the people change. More educated and civically engaged residents is also needed. God Help us LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, you preach about “some cure all our ills parks” and then change your tune when I mention something about these highass rents a lot of people in Miami can barely or can’t afford and now you say “we need an all above approach.” First, this city need to focus on building affordable housing for thousands of it’s residents, and then they can focus on doing something about the woefully underused parks it already has.

Bryan
2 years ago

You cant build affordable housing with the land prices in certain areas of the county and especially in the city of Miami. These are private landowners who are holding land to make a profit. The land we do have is given away to private developers who want to build stadiums etc.

Thus the affordable homes and apartments are being built south of Kendall to Homestead. There is your affordable housing. Far away from the job centers, no rapid transit,no connected parks and bad city planning. The county doesn’t have a master plan and are letting developments run wild. Same script all over again.

Once again the approach needs to be all above. Transit access due to distance from the city, parks around for leasure and nice communities and cheaper rents and prices due to location and land value away from the urban core. Are you still confused.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, are you still confused? Have you seen aerial photos of Miami? There are hundreds and hundreds of empty lots just begging to be developed. Due to Miami politicians asinine reliance on Miami21, the city’s residents have to suffer from trying to keep up with paying ridiculous high rents because building up density is stupidly not allowed in vast areas, but allowed in another confined small area.

Bryan
2 years ago

The land is too expensive. Density with no rapid transit options is asking for more headaches.

High density greater than T4 zoning is only going to work along corridors with transit. IE Douglas Station development.Current metro rail lines etc. Other than north of Earlington heights the land is very expensive. Also those areas are not as safe. The market has spoken. There are many options for T3-0 T4-7 development. It won’t be affordable tho. The land is too expensive. The cheap land has no rapid transit at the moment.

You need to subscribe to the South florida Business Journal to see the affordable housing being built. In partnership with the county the developers are building. Not from the goodness of their heart. It’s a sweet deal and tax breaks.

1. Senior affordable housing in South Dade along busway
2. Income restricted apartment communities (Income Limitis) in Naranja, Homestead etc along the bus way
3. SFH from the 250’s near the busway
4. Section 8 communities along bus way
5. Veteran affordable housing along busway.

This is where the masses are being pushed to and will live. This is the fastest growing part of the county. Its Not really attractive because of the bus. Change that to rapid transit and you will see more affordable development. Very simple but the leadership wants BRT.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Density with no rapid transit options is asking for more headaches. High density greater than T4 zoning is only going to work along corridors with transit.”

Dude, what are you talking about?.. I have been to many, many cities in other states and throughout the world that have density everywhere but no rapid transit. That’s no reason not to ease the burden of people paying these exorbitant rents at the moment. First we build the density and mass transit follows.. not the other way around. MiamiDade County has a population of about 2.7 to 2.8 million people. You still can’t compare that to a place like Cook County that has a population of over 5 million people. That’s the problem with the city of Miami and MiamiDade county, too many people talking about WHAT CAN’T BE DONE!

Bryan
2 years ago

Give examples. Don’t just say many cities. You have some knowledge of Cook County. Is there density there without rapid transit. Cities on similar scale of Miami have more rapid transit.(CTA and Metra) Dallas has 90 miles of light rail and less density and more ridership.

The county is not going to buy expensive land in our dense areas and use it for affordable housing. The land is too expensive. You will have a token building here and there but not on the scale you are looking for. If they raise zoning rights, watch for the land value to increase. The private landowners will see $$$. Its why the lots are empty.

Anonymous
2 years ago

our parks offer nothing …no cafes bayfront or kiosks selling lattes or food that would draw visitors and locals…we have a signture fountain that the city wont even turn on….none of this will change until new young forward thinking elected officials

Bryan
2 years ago

Right. I think these people need to visit a world class city to see how it’s done. It’s ok to invest in these things. Maybe get a bay walk going and a river walk. We have a nice canvas waiting for us.

Gene
2 years ago

…and people who write coherent comments.

Gene
2 years ago

Why not both?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Parks make literally no sense in Miami with the heat. We need better pedestrian promenades with shade trees planted along them.

The city/county should be putting money towards completing the River Walk, Bay Walk, and Ludlam Trail. Green space and an alternate mode of “transit” for all, while also extending along a long route and raising more property values than one or two parks will.

Bryan
2 years ago

If Hong Kong and Singapore can build parks with less land available and also higher heat and humidity, then I think miami can as well. When I visited those cities, people where enjoying the park. The parks provided a lot of shade and trails. The only open field where for sports like soccer.

They also have transit and people walk, bike, etc. It was so hot humid but their stations had AC. We dont have that here. Its might be a cultural thing Miami that is holding us back. This can be much harder to change but look at the transit ridership I posted and see that we actually have high ridership compared to where the train goes.

As for the trail and public squares, I agree. I would consider those park like. We need these connected public spaces.

RX727SFL
2 years ago

ugly hookers, they have plenty of ugly cheap hookers! not a problem in MIAMI

Anonymous
2 years ago

Give me the “ugly cheap hooker” any day.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nice weather?
You probably have never experienced Mediterranean or Southern California weather

Anonymous
2 years ago

Check the link provided earlier in this thread.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not true. Fake news. I closet liberal bigot would say that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bravo! Billions of dollars from not one, but 3 cities! I guess they couldn’t have played it any better.

Losers: Taxpayers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They are mum on LatAm HQ. Maybe it’s just not a priority. Maybe they are talks with Miami for it. Maybe one of the HQ2s will handle LatAm. Maybe the LatAm HQ will actually be in LatAm. Maybe they will never open up a LatAm HQ. Probably we should stop speculating because we are lucky to live in imperfect Miami.

Polo
2 years ago

Pathetic, even Nashville won over Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Because day racist mane….

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get informed man ! this was a big loser for the local tax payers.

Bryan
2 years ago

Not really a surprise. Miami needs attractive transit options. BRT is popular but not heavily realied on in world class cities. They are popular in second tier cities especially in South America etc. Its not really attractive to young talent that would have to take a bus for long distance commuting (30-50 mins) . They want trains and at the minimum light rail. Also the need for affordable housing in relatively safe areas with access to the trains. Where is that in Miami?

There have been some TOD planned like at douglas station but none of these are going to be really affordable. There is no cheap density with the land value north of Kendall Drive.

The county needs to plan for the future not for today. All hands on deck. Look at the civic minded leaders in the cities we are looking to become. Chicago, New York, SF. They are making constant large investments in their systems at all costs really. IE Chicago working with Elon on an express from the airport to downtown Chicago for billions. They are supposed to be broke lol. But they realize this excites the people and companies.

The Smart plan is a done deal at this point. The leadership is going thru a dog and pony show at the moment. BRT lines for each corridor. That includes E/W on 836, N/S to the hardrock stadium, E/W on 8th st or so, And E/W on Kendall Drive. Book it. Coupled with the Tri Rail on the NE corridor they will flaunt a brand new transit system for decades. Im just not sure its enough.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t worry, free trolleys are going to fix Miami’s transit problems.

TheBigP
2 years ago

@Bryan… finally a voice of reason and reality.

Required for ANY future growth is a Transit “Network”. A Network of interconnecting rail infrastructures that the Bus Network feed into for the 1st/last mile efforts. This notion that a single-seat commute will exist is like waiting for the unicorn to appear.

Buses are the enemy to most all drivers: the creator of more traffic snarls. And a driver will NOT leave our cars for BRT. Rail, yes.

Miami-Dade County is too spread out, as most suburban-centric cities are. Thus, no mass-transit system will ever connect all. But an infrastructure of mixed transit opportunities will mostly work. But we have to get is started! Or, we can do another 20y of “studies” and all major employers have taken the beautiful South Florida area off their radars.

Now, this silly notion that Bike Lanes are going to solve ANY transportation concern is laughable! Have you ever tried to bike or even walk anywhere down here? The stifling humidity and daily rain will put you back in your air conditioned car after the first day! Bike lanes are for Fitness and Relaxing personal time. NOT a valid means of commuting mobility. Ever! The weather conditions are too unpredictable; other than guaranteed to be uncomfortable. I’m going not going to bike in my work clothes and carry my computer to/from the office in the rain and humidity. Nope. Sorry. Walk a block, or two… yes.

Example of a modern new transit is in Dallas: DART. Dallas passed a 1-cent sales tax–and within 20y had the largest light rail system in North America at over 90-miles of track. And it’s success has DART currently expanding the station platforms to accept longer train-sets as many trains are so full, no PAX can board! Is it making money? No. You can’t charge the public what it actually costs to operate. But the transit is needed. Most bus lines feed into a local station for the long-haul portion of the trip, then either bus to destination or the “on-call” mini-buses feed in/out of the stations. Perfect? Far from it. But the City of Dallas made a plan, stuck to their goal–and now you have it. All ahead of the planned schedule.

So, Miami… IT CAN BE DONE!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I live in Dallas.. nobody uses Dart, except maybe tourists or an events in Ft. Worth on the weekend.

Dallas is built for cars period… similar to Miami in that regard.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

I ride Dart to & from the airport sometimes. I’ve rarely seen more than 6 people on the train at the airport stop.
Problem is similar to Miami Metrorail – from the rail transit station you have to walk to get to an automated shuttle that drops you off where you walk some more.
A private car or Uber drops you at the door you want of the terminal you want.

Bryan
2 years ago

Let’s look at the numbers. Miami has high Ridership compared the System Length. Dallas has really went all in with their system. Almost at large as DC. Imagine if the metro rail in Miami went to where people lived and to the beach.

Dallas Light Rail
Daily Ridership
98,700 (Q4 2017)[1]
Annual ridership
29.76 million (2017) [1]
93 Miles System Length

Miami Metro Rail
Daily Ridership
66,386 (Mar 2018)[1]
Annual ridership
19,984,735 (2017)[2]
24 Miles System Length

MARTA Atlanta
Annual Ridership
72,030,500
Daily Ridership
231,700
48 Miles System Length

DC Metro
Daily Ridership
612,652

Annual Ridership
179,693,126

117 mi System Length

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t think many would disagree that the beach needs metrorail. But there are a few powerful special interests against it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Billions of dollars was given to Amazon by these cities. Miami doesn’t need it.

Gene
2 years ago

We can always use more dollars but giving away the store with a hope of more jobs is not a good way to do it.

RX727SFL
2 years ago

the BIG PICTURE Miami added 107k jobs in September with no $$$ being offerred to any company. At the end of the day the employess will be paying a state tax eating away at the salaries they have been given and they will be flying down to Miami to get rid of some stress leaving AMAZON dollars in the pockets of hotels and restaurants and valet parking attendants.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Miami added 107k jobs in September?” Really?

RX727SFL
2 years ago

Yes Really why so skeptical? have you been to doral lately? prices for condos there are more than SOBE. Simply put this was an attempt for cheap landgrab by promising jobs and the allure of saying we have an AMAZON HQ.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Anyone who pays more for a condo in Doral than SOBE is an out of town foreigner who got swindled thinking that were buying in Miami.

RX727SFL
2 years ago

people purchase in nieghborhoods they feel comfortable in HENCE HIALEAH being in such a HIGH DEMAND, no speaky your language!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Waitaminute now… Miami, added 107,000, jobs in September?

Yeah, I’m really skeptical.

Anonymous
2 years ago

yes

Anonymous
2 years ago

yeah..don’t believe all you read..

suomynona
2 years ago

No, the South Florida tri-county metro has added 107k jobs compared to this time last year.

The two largest sectors were construction and leisure/hospitality.

Per the story posted on this site.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you suomynona… that’s why I kept asking this dude those numbers when he said “Miami added 107k jobs in September.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just flew back home tonight from visiting son in DC. No question why they chose the 2 sites they did, as money was not a concern.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami has some nice features, but it needs to understand that a warm climate is not a significant criteria for most companies looking to grow in a new city — especially for tech companies. In Amazon’s case, the presence of a large pool of highly skilled workers was always going to be the top draw when deciding where to open new offices. This allows them to poach talent more easily, but more importantly companies like Amazon want to be in innovative and thriving tech environments. And those types environments are becoming more and more concentrated in a handful of places. Miami is not one of them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

From a far, you watched too many Miami CSI programs. Miami is not any of that. Although it is hot and humid in the summer, that’s for sure.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Of course we’re not any of that. We’re much better. It is not the end of the world not getting Amazon. Miami is still a vibrant city that is recognized the world over.It continues to rise towards world class status. Yes we have several hurdles to overcome, a major one being transportation, but there are promising plans in place. There are many cities right here in the US that wish they had the recognition that Miami has garnered, both at home and abroard. Let’s stop licking our wounds and get on with the task of building a city that the world is already enamored with.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What are you saying ? that Miami high hispanic populations are mostly stupid ? I bet you’re a democrat

Anonymous
2 years ago

You should read the comment again… this person does not make any reference to what you think He/she is saying.
Your reaction is a perfect example of the lack of reading comprehension skills, which I’m sure are needed to work for ANY Company!
So if you do not understand what you read, do not assume.

P.S Political affiliation does not raise or lower IQ.

RX727SFL
2 years ago

from one hispanic to another your party affiliation has nothing to do with the topic above. leave the politics out of this. we are all americans at the end of the day!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This was a nice little show put on by Amazon. They were going to NYC and DC the whole time and were just leveraging the other cities for concessions.

Anonymous
2 years ago

True.

aceraroja
2 years ago

Scrolled all the way down to see if someone said it first. It was a scam all along and we fell for it. There was NEVER a chance in hell Amazon would come here. Bezos has his spook operation in DC already, and NY is the logical location for a second HQ for any US company. Tax rates don’t matter for huge corporations, guys, because THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY THEM. Taxes are for you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well said aceraroja. With Trump as president, corporations are guaranteed tax breaks. You, the citizens of country aren’t so lucky.

aceraroja
2 years ago

Yeah sorry but it doesn’t matter who the president is. Taxes are for us not them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

20 years or more of zero investment in Infrastructure, Public Transportation, Housing, Educacion, etc comes with a price tag.

Anonymous
2 years ago
Anonymous
2 years ago

Republicans are destroying this great country

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, it’s the Democrats who want to destroy this country because indoctrination into thinking it’s so evil. Republicans are “conservatives” for a reason. We want to keep OUR country “great.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

In the contrary they are saving it — wake up fool !

Anonymous
2 years ago

since when to republicans want to ever improve mass transit,public transportation and public education..too busy handing out corporate welfare

Anonymous
2 years ago

City rank by GDP:
1 NY
5 WAS/Alexandria
12 Miami/FTL/WP
Median Income
NY $71,897
WAS $72,800
Miami $43,091

Washington has one of the most educated populations in the nation, New York is New York. It’s a no brainer. Miami is just not an elite city. It’s a middle road US city at best and with more risk and greater environmental challenges than most. It’s a game of craps the next bust is always around the corner and it’s best to pick up the chips and go home before it breaks.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Dade College puts out more annual graduates than any other local college in the nation, so does local FIU, and local Nova Southeastern U. You watched too many Miami Vice episodes from far away and think you know Greater Miami

aceraroja
2 years ago

And they leave the minute they’re done at those schools.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, NY is really smart, they voted for Ocasio Cortez. Give me a break !

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, she represents one district, she wasn’t elected governor or senator so stop trying to make a mountain out a molehill.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Guess you have to be super educated to work for an online retailer

Anonymous
2 years ago

For minimum wage

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ok i live in DC since 2012 but originally from Broward. The subway system here is A++ and buses run constantly. But the roads are horrible and congestion on the roads is a lot worse than Miami. DC is a city of 700,00 ppl but with everybody coming into the city to work its over 2 million on weekdays. Without the subway traffic would be 10 times worse. Based on cost i think Miami should expand metro mover it would be cheaper than metro rail. Miami is never gonna have the ridership of a DC or NY. You could do light rail along US1 south since the access is already there. I think there is a rail line going from east to west near the airport. Make that commuter rail like tri rail. It can be done but some ppl down there need to realize that Miami will never be NYC. And this over concern about “parking” is crazy. They purposely dont have enough affordable parking in DC so it forces ppl to take mass transit. I like living in DC because i know if my car breaks down i can still get to work. I can walk to my subway stop in less than 10 mins. We have over 100 stops in our system.

Bryan
2 years ago

Yea, when you live and travel to a well connected city like DC, you can really see potential for transit in Miami. If only the county commissioners had the same vision. You lived in Broward and clearly saw US1 was ripe for Light Rail. 800 million to develop light rail and the private apartment developers will do the rest. You can buy 1 acre for 300,000 along the ROW. Locals will want to rezone for taxes.

There should be no Right of Way sitting empty.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami could be like NYC but not with the current politicians…

Anonymous
2 years ago

What a disappointment ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nahh.. Miami is winning BIGLY mane.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Fuck Amazon as if it ain’t enough shit in NY already!!!!!!!! Missed opportunity fuck you Jeff an fuck you Miami for being a half ass city!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gee, you appear to be really mad?

Anonymous
2 years ago

1- We are the one to blame for keep voting (or not voting at all) letting our fate to fall on the hands of a bunch suburban politicians, who have no idea of how big urban areas function.
2-South Florida must secede and become a new State, we have nothing in common with the rest of the State.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So….You didn’t see it coming?

Anonymous
2 years ago

PLEASE REVEAL MIAMIS FULL BID PACKAGE

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe companies like Magic Leap, Ultimate Software, and Chewy can look at opening downtown offices. It’s a shame most s. Florida tech companies are located in suburbia.

AnyMouse
2 years ago

Hopefully more of these office buildings being built in Wynwood or downtown will fix that over time.

Most large established companies can’t expect to buy that much contiguous office space in the downtown area. Only the suburbs can offer them the space they need to plop down a giant building of their own. But yeah it sucks as it adds to traffic and makes everyone’s life suck more with a crappy commute.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They can open satellite or coworking spaces in the urban core where their young talent is and keep an office open in the suburbs where the old executives live. Some companies are starting to do this in other parts of the country.

Anonymous
2 years ago

cheaper commercial rents and larger spaces…probably closer to more affordable housing for the office types…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amazon’s HQ2 decision met with ‘outrage’ by concerned residents

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/backlash-already-mounting-over-amazon-s-choices-hq2-n935666

Trained workers?
2 years ago

Miami lacks educated workers. Miami needs a new School Board and a School Chancellor who actually understands education.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i agree with all of these comments about our infrastructure and transit issues…but there is more at play-schools systems? well educated work forces?housing costs,poverty rate,and being at the bottom the state,at the bottom of the country isnt too good for some logistics..

Anonymous
2 years ago

THANK GOD! I am still renting! I just saved a ton a money and the probability of owning a home have stayed the same!

Anonymous
2 years ago

False. Miami Dade College graduates record numbers every year. So does FIU and Nova Southeastern. Miami has more educated workers per capita than most cities in the nation.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So the richest man in the world and one of the largest companies in the world with 6.5 billion in annual profits gets billions in tax incentives. Where is the outrage from Bernie, Elisabeth, etc. to favor the rich and powerful?? At least there won’t be 25k more liberal votes in Miami..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t blame liberals, talk to your president named Trump.. he’s the one that favors “the rich and powerful.” I would assume you got that point through your head when Trump gave them that sweet tax cut just recently.

Anonymous
2 years ago

trump didn’t give the tax incentives, liberal states did, but always blaming Trump for everything is not a policy but pseudo intellectual rhetoric.( I am not a supporter of Mr. T)

Anonymous
2 years ago

But if Amazon would’ve chosen Miami for it’s second headquarters, you wouldn’t have had any problem with that. You cons are ridiculously hypocritical.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Liberal Bezos played Liberals…

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Liberal Bezos played Liberals…”

… and red state Floridians like you are angry at him for doing it.

RX727SFL
2 years ago

FKin Joke stop bringing politics into this and stop mention the POTUS he has one term, two max and then you will be complaining about the next president… no place for this stupdity on here, if you want to discuss politics go on facebook, i am glad miami did not give any money to any company to lure them here. Amazon is not the only company on the internet.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe if you worked you would have seen a increase in your pay chech after the tax cuts were effective

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami didn’t give Bezos billions and a helipad paid by the tax payers as NY and Virginia gave him. For what? NY paid Amazon 49 thousand dollars annually for each one of those loser jobs

marc
2 years ago

And there you have it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

New York and DC make sense

Anonymous
2 years ago

So what, Skyrise is all Miami needs!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is what happens when you elect Republicans with no vision that are stuck in the year 1952

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami didn’t deserve the headquarters. Glad they bypassed this place. One glance at all the pretentious comments from the awful snobby frou frou new era downtown residents on here is enough to make this city a complete joke. Prayers answered <3