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Martin Gelin: Amazon behaved as if it was too nice for New York

During a one year period, the U.S. cities competed to attract Amazon's new headquarters. They attracted with tax breaks, subsidies, and promises of new infrastructure, in a process similar to the global competitions in order to organise the summer OLYMPICS.

finally chose the Amazon two of the most affluent cities in the united states: Washington DC and New York city. Here in New York brought the news loud protests from local politicians and residents. The headquarters would have been built in a middle-class neighborhood in Queens, where locals are worried that Amazon's entry would lead to chockhöjningar of the housing costs.

the surprising news that Amazon pulls out of the attempt to settle in New York. It was not at all popular among the locals in Queens that Amazon's claimed tax breaks on three billion dollars, 28 billion. During the demonstrations outside city hall, protesting thousands to New York's residents would subsidize one of the world's richest companies.

But the protests against Amazon seemed to basically not act on tax relief, but a nagging feeling that the wealth that these companies create no longer serves the broad middle class.

– the Concern about inequality and gentrification has had noticeable consequences for the business community, " says Aaron Renn at the conservative Manhattan institute, to The Atlantic.

where vänsterpopulismen rather than högerpopulismen grows became Amazon a perfect political target. It is a company that is known to set such strict requirements on lagerarbetares productivity that they have to bear the vuxenblöjor then they don't have time to go to the toilet.

It was not the better of the tabloidrubriker on to Amazon's top executives wanted to build helikopterplattor that would transport them from their skyscrapers in Manhattan to the office in Queens, so that they avoid crowding on the subway. Amazon behaved as if it was too nice for New York. It ended up that the company was run out of town.

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