Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's other requirements: be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand.
As word spread in the last few weeks that Crystal City was on the shortlist to land Amazon, housing demand has skyrocketed.
"What happened in other markets, we want to avoid here", Thompson said.
Amazon will also qualify for $897 million in tax credits from New York City over the next 12 years if it hits its target of creating 25,000 jobs.
Bucking the stance of some of New York's top Democrats, newly elected liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Amazon's decision to site half of its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, criticizing the reported tax breaks the company will receive, Politico reported on Tuesday.
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The aforementioned location is actually known to residents as Crystal City. "We're glad they're here", Lambert said.
Amazon's arrival could end up "essentially bailing out developers that went ahead despite the excess supply", he said.
"New Yorkers will get tens of thousands of new, good-paying jobs, and Amazon will get the best talent anywhere in the world", he said. However, the official statement released Tuesday left Beltway residents confused over what many online interpreted as a new name for the Arlington neighborhood Amazon plans to call home. And Arlington is among the wealthiest counties in the United States (in 2016, the median income there was $US108,706). In Queens County, the median has risen 7 percent to $630,000.
He added: "While other locations may be disappointed not to have secured Amazon's favour, it does not mean they will miss out entirely".
"If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision", said Michael Farren, a research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center.
- More than 25,000 full-time jobs with average wage exceeding $150,000.
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In September, Bezos said that the US' second trillion dollar company was using a public process to choose their second headquarters because they wanted "to find a city that is excited to work with them".
The choice of Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington D.C., could hand Amazon greater political influence in the U.S. capital, where it has one of the largest lobbying shops in town. "I thought it would have been great for Amazon". The state also pledged to help Amazon with infrastructure upgrades, job-training programs and even assistance "securing access to a helipad" - none of which came with a price tag. Homelessness has worsened. Over the past five years, the median home value in Seattle has rocketed 73 percent to $739,600, according to an analysis by the real estate firm Zillow, which is also based there. It approved a corporate tax this year to help the homeless, though the tax was repealed after being challenged by the local business community, including Amazon.
Long Island City already has the largest number of apartments now under construction in New York City, Localize said.
"I don't think this choice says anything bad about Boston", Jodka said.
Massey said Amazon's will bring "alive" the area, a collection of office and apartment buildings with scattered shopping and cultural activities.
They also contain extensive mass transit networks. Both Washington and NY have much larger pools of tech workers than Boston.
Still, the benefits of mass transit depend on NY and Washington maintaining and improving their systems - a severe challenge in recent years amid breakdowns, deteriorating tracks and rising expenses in both public transportation systems. The company will continue hiring employees for its Seattle headquarters.
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Others voiced worries that the influx of workers would drive up housing costs, crowd highways and otherwise strain local resources, as Amazon's expansion has in its hometown of Seattle, where it employs more than 45,000 people.