Wednesday, March 07, 2018 10:40 AM

HOW AMAZON WOULD FOREVER CHANGE RALEIGH – FOR GOOD AND BAD

North Carolinas capital city has undergone its share of transformations over the years, from the growth of the suburbs in the 1960s to a recent downtown rebirth that has brought luxury apartments and $14 mixed drinks to what used to be a sleepy state-government town.

Now Raleigh could see the biggest game-changer yet: Amazon.

Raleigh was thrust into the national spotlight when it landed on the list of 20 potential cities for the technology giants second headquarters[1], which promises a $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs.

Many people in Raleigh have cheered the news while acknowledging challenges, including traffic, an affordable-housing shortage and lack of an advanced transit system. But theres another worry, too: How would a mammoth company like Amazon affect the character of Raleigh, a city that has already seen so much growth and change?

That atmosphere, that knowing your neighbor, is slowly drifting away, said Evelyn Murray, owner of Briggs Hardware[2] downtown. (Raleigh) will be less personable. Its all business and well lose that hometown atmosphere.

Murrays family

News source: News & Observer

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