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Amazon's arrival is divided between excitement and anger into Washington and New York

Washington / New York, November 17 (EFE) .- The decision of the Amazon electronic commerce giant to install two new offices in New York and Washington, the economic and political center of the United States, has been met with the same enthusiasm and distrust. , despite promising the creation of 50,000 jobs.

The Amazon in New York will be located in Long Island City (Queens), where it has caused widespread rejection in a community of 2.3 million residents, while in Washington it will be in a municipality with a population of 22,500 who will receive masses of employees who will duplicate that.

The two metropolises face a transformation where thousands of new tenants with high qualifications and purchasing power will use transportation, consume at their place and look for accommodation, the main concern for those who have lived there.

One subway stop from the Pentagon and a 40-minute walk from the White House is the location of the Amazon's future in the Washington region: Crystal City, a city born in 1963 to the home office and "high-standing" house.

"I moved to Crystal City a few years ago, I paid a rent of 500 dollars for a room because in the center of Washington I couldn't afford the 900 they requested," explained Efe Katarina, a receptionist at the hotel closest to the only stop. from the metro municipality

"I am sure that there will be no shortage of jobs, but the price … A very prosperous person will arrive," told the young woman.

An employee, Gemal, who is leaning on the square where Amazon will place their office is not worried about price increases.

"This is a low-employment area where no one will be expelled," he said.

The arrival of companies to the US capital environment has been positively accepted as a way to diversify an area focused on Government activities.

Stephen S. Fuller, an economist at George Manson University, believes in reports that the Amazon's presence in Washington will produce an effect called for the installation of new technology companies and something similar to "Silicon Valley" on the country's east coast.

Amazon has not been slow to exploit these signs and has been called a complex "National Landing" (National Landing) that will be born after its inauguration.

"This will change the unofficial sign that the area has", referring to the institutional environment of the area, reading an inscription from the study.

Actually it seems the city is expecting this kind of arrival: some buildings remain empty and covered with canvas, in the corners of their empty streets the signs with the city logo welcome, and even pedestrian crossings recreate the same designs on perfect highways.

In front of the enthusiasm that emerged in Crystal City, Long Island residents condemned the "invasion" in industrial estates and traditional workers that have undergone major changes in the last ten years since the economic crisis.

"That's speculation!" criticize 29-year-old neighbors in the neighborhood and prefer to remain anonymous.

As he walked, the woman arrived at the first large building built 25 years ago, next to a ferry that connects Queens to Manhattan, when they asked about $ 25,000 for the building, as an "incentive" for people to move.

"Now, buying a house here costs around 800,000," said the neighbor.

Representatives from the LIC Coalition's environmental association, Ernie Brooks, argued, in a statement to Efe, that "Amazon has been smart in turning their election into a secret competition without saying what they offer".

With its decision, the company will receive 3,000 million dollars – according to Brooks' calculations – in tax benefits.

Despite criticism, supported by several Democratic representatives such as the Congress of Women Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there were neighbors who supported Amazon installed.

"I support, I want my community to grow and my environment is more advanced than my business," said Gianna Cerbone, who runs an Italian restaurant.

For Cerbone, the establishment of the Bezos company will improve infrastructure and bring new schools to the environment.

Regarding housing prices, he did not believe that he would shoot: "Chorradas, that is nonsense, Cítalo: chorradas", he concluded.

Javier Romualdo and vlvaro Celorio

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