Coverage of Amazon’s well-publicized search for a city that could house the company’s second headquarters, known as HQ2, has typically focused on what the company needs from a host city –infrastructure, public transportation, tax breaks, etc. But what about the needs of the community Amazon chooses? Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says he and his reporting colleagues talked to a number of people in Austin to find out how they feel about the company potentially settling there.
“I was kind surprised that there was a much more nuanced view… People have really thought about this very carefully,” Gallaga says. “And what we were getting from people was – yes, rents are probably going to go up if this happens in Austin.”
What you’ll hear in this
– What problems Austinites feel Amazon could bring
– What opportunities HQ2 offers
– How Amazon would change transportation in Austin or Dallas
– Whether people feel arts, education and the environment will be impacted
Written by Shelly Brisbin.