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Amazon Keeps the HQ2 in Virginia and Thus Abandon Plan for New York City

Amazon Keeps the HQ2 in Virginia and Thus Abandon Plan for New York City

On Thursday, Amazon said that they are canceling their plans of building a major campus in New York City. This comes as an abrupt end to an extremely high-profile project from the largest e-commerce company in the world. In the month of November last year, Amazon had announced that they plan to build up two campuses, which would house 25000 employees in each. One of them would be in Long Island City, which lies in the Queens borough of New York, while the other one would be in Arlington, Virginia. This was preceded by a year’s search for a brand new second headquarters in a widespread manner.

The New York campus had received criticism, which was quite rapid and of persistent nature. It had come from supporters of the local union, the New York City Council and a range of elected officials, including the State Senator, Michael Gianaris and US Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Amazon stated that opposition coming through from state as well as local politicians serve as a crucial reason behind the cancellation of this project. On Thursday, the e-commerce giant said that they would go ahead as per plans in Northern Virginia and Nashville.

The Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio went ahead to blame Amazon for walking away from this project. He stated that one requires to be tough if anyone wishes to be successful in implanting their plans in New York City. Bill De Blasio believes that Amazon failed to seize the opportunity, where they would have worked with the community in New York. Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst said that Amazon gave in to opposition from locals and their decision to not come over to the City, will not solve long-term issues including housing affordability.

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