It's a tricky debate. Surely Denver would benefit from the prestige (and bump in our tax base), but our already-squeezed housing market couldn't bear the weight. So while Amazon keeps weighing its options, readers weigh in. Says Scott:
I sit in class while writing this (don't tell my professor), and I was caught by the conversations we were having about the possibility of Amazon HQ2 anchoring itself in Denver. I am a born and raised native and I could not be more excited about the possibility of Amazon moving here, let alone just selecting us to be a top 20. When I graduate in two years (hopefully) I want to work and live in a thriving Colorado, one that sets a national example of what a modern city should be. Denver has an opportunity to succeed but, we can only do this with a heavy dose of strategery. I want to have Amazon, but only if we plan on doing it right. The creation of a Denver/Colorado Strategic Plan with a purpose of mitigating negative impacts of such rapid-expansion would prove to be necessary and involvement from infrastructure-maniacs, policy-wonks, economic-pioneers, and business-leaders is all but too needed. Your move Denver. Do it right.Argues Susan:
Our real estate prices are already high, I can't see bringing more people into Colorado. If they were required to choose people here, I wouldn't be opposed to them coming here. However I'm still opposed to getting a hundred million dollars in tax benefits. They should be giving that to the city.Explains Jason:
"The problem with sweetening the deal is that you have to give them some sugar. And in this process, you become sour yourself." -Lao Tzu (not really Lao Tzu)Posits Alex:
Amazon will bring jobs here and tax revenue at the very least from taxing wages, but I agree that Amazon should be courting us and not us courting amazon.Says Mike:
You shouldn't have to bribe a company to move into your state to do business.Keep reading for more stories about Amazon.