From an editorial Friday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:
Raleigh would be an ideal location for Amazon to site its second headquarters in North America. The area is vibrant with business and diverse in population but with many high-tech oriented young people; it boasts multiple universities, has good public schools, and has good locations for potential sites.
Now the Capital City has found out it is one of 20 finalists for the headquarters. Or, it may be part of a larger proposal from a partnership of economic development agencies that included the Triangle region.
Raleigh’s advocates have not been shy about touting what the area would bring to the Amazon table, and they shouldn’t be, though the competition isn’t over. Certainly it’s true that the state and the region will have to step up with the necessary incentives, but Amazon’s arrival would be a monumental plus with long-term benefits.
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There are concerns, of course, that an influx of thousands of well-paid workers might boost rents and make home purchases more expensive – but the city can answer those concerns with imaginative approaches to growth and with upgrades in transportation, specifically a continued push for a light-rail system and high-tech bus service, to cite two examples.
There are, in short, a number of pluses and few minuses for this headquarters, and it must be hoped in the coming weeks that Amazon agrees.