From Ann Kjellberg, editor It was a Valentine surprise on Thursday when the retail and tech giant Amazon, after a long Atalanta-style courtship with cities around the country vamping to be its “second headquarters” that resulted in a bigamous engagement to Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City, New York, dumped its New York fiancée at the altar. The bad vibes spread to the temporary liaison between New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who had briefly united in pursuit of the deal: Cuomo blamed critics of the plan for scaring off the suitor; de Blasio blamed the suitor for negligence toward the bride.
Fascinating article, Ann Kjellberg. Much as I respect De Blasio and Cuomo as pragmatists seeking to grow the economy, your factual analysis of the particular character and quality of this projected growth is alarming, to say the least. Where are unions, minimum wages, anti-trust laws, guarantees for health insurance and retirement plans; where is the living, breathing soul of our beloved New York City? As a transplanted New Yorker with a 20-plus year run, I very much enjoyed reading this, realizing how similar issues of overcrowding, displacement, inequality, sprawl, and architectural disfigurement bedevil many other cities in the US. Thanks for this piece!