Date: April 9, 2019
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Local Residents Warn Amazon Contributing “Too Little To Address The Disruption It Helped Create”
When it comes to solving issues of rising housing costs and increased traffic headaches, “Amazon hasn’t really been at the table” according to Seattle communities.
“But Amazon also draws much of the blame for pushing up housing costs and homelessness, aggravating traffic and even diluting Seattle’s identity as a quirky, laid-back city. Its contradictory record offers a guide to what Northern Virginia and the Washington region can expect as the company builds a headquarters facility in Arlington, bringing with it at least 25,000 jobs over the next 10 to 12 years.
‘Amazon is a big part of the growth that’s happened in the region, and that’s the biggest part of what’s driving homelessness up,’ said Rachael Myers, executive director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. ‘Amazon hasn’t really been at the table in trying to figure out how to mitigate the impacts that they’re contributing to.’” (The Washington Post, “Amazon in Seattle: Economic godsend or self-centered behemoth?” Robert McCartney, 4.8.19)
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