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The Amazon Debate

by Jon Lisbin

A recent article in crosscut debated how “Amazon earned Seattle’s Scorn – and whether it’s deserved.”

I personally think this is all about relationship building. If the city wants to work cooperatively with Amazon both parties must form a better relationship. One based on mutual trust.

Amazon isn’t a cold edifice. At the risk of sounding like Romney, it is composed of people, most of them who live in our community. I am sure the company wants to see improvements in transportation, safety issues and housing for the 10’s of thousands of Amazon employees trying to get to work and live in this city.

It’s not a black and white issue. For the city to have any leverage it does need a reset, but to me that means building a relationship that balances concerns rather than the transactional one it currently has.  What are your thoughts?