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Amazon’s Retreat and the New Politics of Tech

What Amazon pulling out of Queens means for the urban growth machine
Source: Mark Lennihan / AP

Well, that didn’t take long.

Amazon announced today that it was “not moving forward” with the plans to build out a massive corporate office, which it called HQ2, in Long Island City, Queens. The announcement followed months of intense opposition by activists and local dismayed that Amazon would receive up to $2.5 billion in tax subsidies to—as they saw it—accelerate the gentrification of local neighborhoods.

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