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ANOTHER Post About Amazon… and the Bottom Line is Amazon Benefits at the Expense of Children

November 14, 2018

Chalkbeat writers Christina Veiga, Alex Zimmerman, and Reema Amin wrote a post describing “Four Ways Amazon’s Arrival Could Affect NYC Schools“…. and some are clearly negative, and none of them is unequivocally positive and in sum they do not offset the revenues that will be diverted as a result of the decision to provide enticements for Amazon to locate there. What are the four consequences?:

  • Overcrowded schools as new workers move into Queens, which already has too many students enrolled
  • Concerns about a possible increase in homelessness as housing prices increase, a phenomenon that occurred in Seattle where Amazon is now headquartered.
  • Changes in demographics as a result of the influx of new families, especially in the area of ESOL which has expanded in Seattle.
  • The unlikelihood of the philanthropic donations expected from Amazon, based on the city’s experiences with other partnerships,

Which of these problems might have been solved had $1,500,000,000 been earmarked for schools instead of Amazon?

 

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