Is Amazon Bad for Residents?
See what has been reported about Amazon in other communities, and judge for yourself.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Amazon deliveries may be delayed for some folks because of the coronavirus, but construction of Amazon’s Virginia headquarters is moving right along, with piledriving work so loud it’s driving the stuck-at-home neighbors crazy. For weeks on end, the relentless clang and bang from construction equipment preparing foundations for the online giant’s new headquarters has reverberated throughout Arlington County’s Pentagon City neighborhood.
The Grand Island Town Board spoke with local residents Monday night about the proposed 3.8 million-square-foot Amazon warehouse, also known as Project Olive. They were met by a majority of speakers and protestors who opposed the project and are asking for multiple public hearings before any final decisions are made.
‘Amazon is not taking care of us’: Warehouse workers say they’re struggling to get paid despite sick leave policy
Bad for the EnvironmentSharlene wanted to continue reporting to her job at Amazon. She needed the money to pay her bills and support her family. But after a trip to the emergency room, Sharlene, who didn’t want her full name used out of fear of retribution from her employer, was instructed to self-quarantine. She was experiencing shortness of breath and worried that her weak immune system, asthma and COPD, a lung disease, would put her at risk if she returned to work. Bad for the Environment
'We Were Proven Right,' Says AOC After Amazon Expands in New York Without Taking Billions in Public Cash
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested the Trump administration "focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families" after news broke Friday that Amazon was expanding its presence in New York City without the state giving the company billions in tax incentives.
As 'Corporate Bribery' Lands Amazon HQ2 in Queens, Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Outrage' Best Describes Community Response
The idea that Amazon "will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here."
The proposed Amazon megaproject on Grand Island came under withering criticism during Monday’s Town Board meeting from residents who fear a devastating effect on the town’s quality of life. Speakers said the 3.8 million-square-foot facility is far too big for the island, would generate too much traffic, would harm the environment and isn’t worth the economic benefits touted by the developer.
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — About 100 people gathered on Grand Island Friday evening to oppose a plan to build an Amazon facility on Long Road, off I-190. From traffic concerns to environmental concerns, the Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI) has a petition asking the Grand Island Town Board to oppose the project. The group, which formed in July, said 1,300 people have signed the petition.
A few miles north of Syracuse, the structural steel for one of the world's largest warehouses rises from the grounds of a former golf course. Officials in Onondaga County and the Town of Clay embraced the $350 million Amazon project, and the massive development faced no coordinated opposition. The five-story, nearly four million-square-foot complex won approval two months after it was introduced by the developer last fall and will have 1,000 workers when it opens in 2021.