Many cities who put their bids in for the second Amazon HQ are looking to grab a “golden” ticket. Over the past decade, Amazon has been a very hot topic; from selling books online to becoming one of the most powerful companies of our time, Jeff Bezos seems to be able to do it all. With Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods and their search for their second headquarters, it is clear that they have more for us in store. But what would this “golden” ticket look like? And would it all be sunshine and rainbows?
For starters, $5 billion in construction spending to build their second headquarters. This project would bring in a ton of jobs for construction and running the headquarters itself, not to mention the number of companies it would attract to its city of choice. Amazon promised at least 50,000 jobs upon opening. And indirectly, just imagine the economic effect of having these new jobs; new cars, purchases, living expenses, housing, tourists etc.
But there is also some serious concern (if) HQ2 would choose Atlanta as its home. Current residents overall enjoy the housing prices in and around the city, but what will happen to housing with this monster of a company coming in? Many have voiced their concern for a steep rise in housing prices and many even have a fear of having to leave their homes/neighborhoods. Amazon would bring in high-paying jobs which most likely correlates to high-end surrounding housing projects. Another concern is the traffic. Yes… just imagine Atlanta traffic at its worst and then some more!! Getting to and back from work would be a (MAJOR) pain if no solutions would be found for this.
But all in all, of course, we would want to have Amazon. To me, the pros definitely out-weigh the cons (note: there is much more to consider/cover on HQ2). Housing can be solved, traffic can somehow be re-directed. Easier said than done, but where there is a will, there is a way.