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✊️🏙 Amazon's HQ2 demands incentives 🏢 Tech is bringing back the company town 💵 Cities are leaving rural areas behind 🌆

There's been a lot of fanfare about Amazon's announcement that it's looking for a city to host its se
October 8 · Issue #3 · View online
Radical Urbanist
There’s been a lot of fanfare about Amazon’s announcement that it’s looking for a city to host its second headquarters. Mayors across North America have spoken out to say that their city deserves to win, but that will require big incentives that may not pay off in the long term — and that’s even before considering how HQ2 will make inequality and the housing crisis in whichever city wins much worse.
Many of the cities in the running already have unaffordable housing prices that governments have shown themselves unable to deal with because they refuse to invest in new public housing. Instead, tech companies are proposing a solution: the revival of the  neofeudalist company town. I shouldn’t even need to explain why this is a terrible idea.
However, even with the issues major cities are facing, they’re still capturing economic growth and, if it wasn’t already obvious, studies show they provide a better quality of life than rural areas. The walkability of cities leads to healthier citizens and people who are more social because of the much greater number of people in their vicinity.
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🏢 The dark side of Amazon's HQ2
🚨 Amazon’s Second Headquarters May Create Jobs. But It Will Also Drive Inequality and Housing Crises.
The Extreme Incentives a City Could Offer for Amazon HQ2
💵 The return to company towns?
Amazon’s original boomtown: How the tech giant has transformed and outgrown Seattle
🚨 Zucktown, USA
Google firm poised to partner on Toronto high-tech neighbourhood
🏙 Cities are the place to be
Metro economies pulling away nationally
Inner-city living makes for healthier, happier people, study finds
🤔Something to think about
🤔Something to think about
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