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Date: February 5, 2019

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Seattle Residents Warn Virginia Communities How Amazon HQ2 Could Spike Rents And Worsen Traffic Woes

Amazon’s decision to locate half its new HQ2 in Arlington, Va. — adding at least 25,000 high-paying jobs and more than $2 billion in investments — will transform the look and feel of the region, according to nine Seattle residents who spoke with about the company’s effects on that city with WUSA 9. Some of them warn the Amazon effect isn’t always a good one. (WUSA 9, “How will Amazon change DC? We went to Seattle to find out,” Eric Flack, 2.4.19)

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