New Bipartisan Effort To Prevent HQ2 Coming To Atlanta

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore wasn’t content to let Casey Cagle work on keeping HQ2 out of Atlanta. She let it know she’s “not the biggest fan” of Amazon setting up shop in Atlanta.

“I just think it will accelerate some of the gentrification and affordability [issues in Atlanta]” President Moore said on WABE’s “A Closer Look” on Thursday (17:07).

Just to double down on the Amazon antagonism, Moore says a city of Seattle head tax that caused Amazon to cancel expanding it’s Seattle HQ is a good thing.

“Seattle has it right. They see what I’m seeing; the impact there will be of a company coming in.

“There’s a lot of pluses but there’s also a lot of minuses.”

Welp. It was fun while it lasted. 

 

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Charlie
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Charlie
2 years ago

As will be noted in my column Monday, Georgia has the lowest tax burden (state and local) of any state in the country. Meanwhile, Amazon HQ1 is in jeopardy because Seattle has decided to place additional burdens on job creators in order to continue to import poverty. I’m not worried about anything that has been done yet to change Georgia’s standing for HQ2/1. The fact that we continue to land tech company HQ’s and expansions almost weekly shows that we remain attractive to these sort of site selections. And the City of Atlanta isn’t the only jurisdiction with sites in… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance
2 years ago
Reply to  Charlie

Yeah, my thought was that they’re realists, and that, in a way, Ms. Moore just set the stage for any future negotiations, if they happen. I thought Atlanta was going to impose a “per worker” tax years ago.

LTWill
LTWill
2 years ago
Reply to  edatlanta

I would love to see the governments of Cobb, Gwinnett, and/or North Fulton have to deal with liberal Jeff Bezos.

Will Durant
Will Durant
2 years ago
Reply to  LTWill

They already do and a couple of my neighbors who have worked for him consider him more of a 21st century robber baron than a “liberal”. Local Amazon fulfillment centers are managed in a dystopian manner straight out of Orwell. Heavily barred turnstiles lead into to a warehouse where every square inch is covered by cameras. 10 hour shifts consist of two 15 minute paid breaks (actually 10 since the 2½ minute walks to and from the break room are part of the break period), and one unpaid 30 minute lunch period. Quotas straight out of the mills of old… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant
2 years ago
Reply to  LTWill

BTW, the neighbors I’m speaking of including a 3rd one that previously worked at a different fulfillment center in a bottom tier management role are all failure-to-launch kids as in these centers Amazon just doesn’t pay a living wage that could support a renter in Gwinnett, much less a home owner. I ran across this article in my surfing yesterday regarding similar experiences with Amazon in the UK: James Bloodworth spent a month working as a “picker” – the person who locates the products ordered – for Amazon in March 2016 for his book Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs
2 years ago

I agree with her concerns, however, there are many, many things Atlanta could do to mitigate the minuses. First, the city/state could identify the root cause(s) of the Seattle problem. There is more to gentrification than just Amazon and Starbucks. Second, they could get serious about solving the mobility issue. When people can freely get from point a to point b, there is a lot less need to gentrify. Ridiculous things like the street car don’t count. Third, the problem of homelessness is real and deserves a serious discourse, instead the city spent the last seven years closing shelters. Ms.… Read more »

LTWill
LTWill
2 years ago

I kind of agree with her. Atlanta officials need to get serious about protecting low and middle income residents. Or at the very least get serious about infrastructure in these newly gentrified areas.

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