Friday, September 15, 2017

Kansas City Amazon HQ2 Second Thoughts

Magazine naval gazing on the local impact of global trade in this meandering essay that's more of a glorified blog comment. Take a look:

Skeezed out about the whole begging-for-Amazon thing? You're not alone

On a table in my office is my new hedge trimmer. It's a safety-orange Black & Decker, lightweight and well-reviewed. The box is already in a recycling bin, and I'm charging the battery right now, as though I mean to attack my front yard's lone bush at a dead run straight from my car in the day's waning light.

6 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that the author meant for that to be less insulting than it was. Unfortunately, it sorta felt like I was reading it in the Star for a moment there.

Anonymous said...

kc is enough of a science town to be perfect for amazon. look at linda hall library, stowers center, and brilliant engineering firms.

amazon would love kc.

Anonymous said...

Only way would consider KCMO if the tax breaks were massive. Otherwise, it is Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburg, or ??? All KC has to offer is a streetcar system.

Anonymous said...

Amazon can have its headquarters in Johnson County, which is where most of their executives would live if they came to the metro, which they won't.
And they can still enjoy all the amenities throughout the metro, most of which are privately owned and operated or at least don't have to suffer the mismanagement and lack of maintenance of being owned by KCMO government.
Great highway system where you can pretty well get from any place to anywhere else in around 30 minutes.
Might as well end up in a well-managed city with good city services, safe neighborhoods, and great schools.
Sorry, KCMO!

Anonymous said...

Sprint campus is available.

Anonymous said...

I agree 3:28. What's the problem with land? We have lots of it in JoCo, and you can pave over as much as you want. Mass transit? What is that? Just get in the car and go. Affordable housing? Well, we already have that, and I am sure that our developers will build more. Pro-life, right wing crazies? Of course. But if you were hiring, what kind of people would you prefer? People who two step when they play a waltz? Or people who foxtrot when the music is a four beat and sit out when they don't know what they are doing. Do you really think that Amazon would have problems attracting "executives" to JoCo? They would probably thank God (or their lucky stars) that they are here to raise their families.