Amazon, Gone

The Story

Reacting to months of opposition and protests, Amazon has decided against siting a major corporate headquarters in Queens. Opponents of the plan resented the subsidies that the state was giving to a trillion-dollar company and claimed that the move would exacerbate gentrification and drive up living costs. The result: a loss of at least 25,000 jobs for New York City, where the climate for business continues to worsen.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Abatement: Most of the subsidies involved in the Amazon deal were already part of state law and represented an abatement of taxes on income that otherwise would not exist if Amazon didn’t move here. Read more.

  2. Empty: The area where Amazon would have built is mostly empty and has been the focus of economic-development dreams for decades. Read more.

  3. Billions: New York gives billions of dollars to other wealthy, favored businesses, without raising the hackles of local politicians. Read more.

“A small group of politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

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The Past is Present

The Destiny of Cities By Victor Davis Hanson (Autumn 2010)

“Throughout history, forces both natural and human have made cities rise and fall.”

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In observance of Presidents’ Day, The Beat will resume on Wednesday, February 20th.

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