Amazon HQ2 Downtown?


#128

You know, Raleigh now has both an airport and a train station worthy of a forward looking city.


#129

Does anyone know the actual size (square miles) of the CBD’s of each of the 20 areas/cities? I think Raleigh’s is less than 1 mile? Also the size (square miles) of Seattle’s CBD?
Please and thank you!

Happy 4th of July to “Ya’ll” ( Raleigh’s newest monicker! :blush:


#130

Technically Amazon is just north of downtown Seattle proper but it’s so urbanized you can’t really tell.


#131

Thank you Francisco!


#132

And Boston’s HQ2 area is an old horse racing track that’s over 3 miles from the CBD called Suffolk Downs.


#133

@ Steve
Thank you! This actually makes me feel better about our chances…is that good or bad…Lol :wink:


#134

I should probably have mentioned that Suffolk Downs also has two existing subway stops on an under-used subway line, which makes it a very attractive site.


#135

Suffolk Downs also sits practically at sea level… I for one would not invest $5 billion dollars on any property located that close to the ocean if you have any understanding of the issues associated with climate change… That would be a no go for me, but it isn’t my money.

Also, it is in the direct flight path for Boston Logan Airport… that would limit building heights. Sorry Boston, thanks for playing. Please try again.


#136

Those are both reasonable criticisms, though at 150 acres it wouldn’t need to build tall anyway. Coincedentally it’s about the same size as Spring Hill.

No city has a perfect location.


#137

Agree, would not want to build at sea level, good luck with that if selected, in the long run, it will cost much more than $5B

Spring Hill is a great location, puts Amazon on top of a hill looking down on all and right on the edge of downtown, actually, will extend downtown limits!!!


#138

And what a cool name, AMAZON at Spring Hill!!!


#139

Pretty interesting video of how Amazon changed Seattle’s skyline over the past 3 years.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/24/amazon-has-changed-the-seattle-skyline.html


#140

Damn that was a lot of building over just 3 years.


#141

And they are decades overdue for a massive earthquake and tsunami that has the potential to devastate the city.


#142

This is a good read on why Amazon’s Mega HQ2 might not be the best way to stimulate growth


#143

Not sure if this was already shared, but here is some more speculation about the Amazon-SAS merger rumors…

https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2018/08/03/editors-notebook-why-amazon-should-choose-the.html?ana=TRUEANTHEMTWT_RA&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b67b9b504d3010aed9304e1&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter


#144

Behind a paywall - at least for me.


#145

Not in downtown, but it appears that Amazon will officially announce its 1500+ job warehouse in Garner tomorrow. This means very little regarding our chances for HQ2, but it’s still a major development.


#146

Still great for the area especially for Garner which was growing “slower” than other Triangle towns.


#147

Indeed. And especially given that the site has been empty since the explosion in 2009. This will be huge for the town. There really isn’t too much going on in this part of the county.