Amazon in Austin?
In what wasn’t the most surprising move, Austin was included among 20 cities identified by Amazon Thursday morning to still be in the running for the company’s second headquarters.
The list is narrowed down from the more than 200 cities that submitted applications for consideration last year, the American-Statesman reports.
Austinites had opinions, and unlike your Amazon order, they didn’t take two days to arrive.
Some were excited by the prospect of Amazon calling Austin home:
Excited that Austin region has advanced to second round of #Amazon HQ2. Look forward to presenting the best of what our region has to offer and how we can partner with Amazon.— Austin Chamber (@AustinChamber) January 18, 2018
Others weren’t convinced the shortlist was as “short” as it claimed to be:
Calm down, Austin. That’s still a loooong list. https://t.co/GszkUNna9h— Jim Vertuno (@JimVertuno) January 18, 2018
20? That’s not a shortlist, #Amazon, that’s more like a wish list.— Matt Isaacs (@MIsaacs89) January 18, 2018
Being in the top 20 is an odd number to call yourself “a finalist."— Damon Kiesow (@dkiesow) January 18, 2018
Others took the opportunity to politely dissuade the company from further considering Austin (e.g. “Please don’t move here.”).
Dear Amazon, you're dope as hell and Austin is a wonderful city. That being said, please don't move here. #AmazonHQ2— Mike Mo. (@HeyMikeMo) January 18, 2018
Amazon would make our property taxes here in Austin even worse. We do not have the capacity for them and they would not be beneficial to our city.— Marianne (@quirkysoapbox) January 18, 2018
No city on that final list wants Amazon less than Austin does. At least among the general population.— Kevin Morris (@kmmokai) January 18, 2018
Please don't be Austin. Living in Seattle with all the Amazon overflow and construction is currently brutal. If I move back to Austin, I'd love to run away from #Amazonia— Allan Carranza (@AllanCarranza) January 18, 2018
I hope austin dont get the new amazon headquarters. Im tired of all you people moving here. pic.twitter.com/cTlg9vPie2— 👅Lolo😌 (@TrendyElise) January 18, 2018
Dear Amazon, Chris from Austin. Let me tell you some things I love about the cities on your list that aren't Austin. They're great for techies. They loooove monopolies. Good airspace for drones. They all watch The Man in the High Castle. Sincerely, please don't come here, Chris.— Chris 🥃 (@MixingChris) January 18, 2018
Most of Austin, upon finding out we're on Amazon HQ2's short list. pic.twitter.com/d08PuVqrND— LuAnn Glowacz (@luannsaid) January 18, 2018
Amazon please don’t come to austin— ⚰️ponchis⚰️ (@ponchis_g) January 18, 2018
And people across the country commented on the company’s showy selection process:
Finally something worth watching on Amazon Prime. https://t.co/ppHWSoYttd— Josh Rubin (@jrubin) January 18, 2018
jeff bezos: in my hands I hold the photos of 20 beautiful cities from all across the united states. but only ONE can be amazon's next top second headquarters pic.twitter.com/RxCB85O784— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) January 18, 2018
Amazon already knows where it is going to build #AmazonHQ2.— Nunca Trump (@NeverTrumpTexan) January 18, 2018
This entire charade is designed just to get communities to bid against each other and drive up their incentives
Citizens in those communities should pressure local officials to sell their city on merits, not incentives
Amazon said today it will make a final decision on #AmazonHQ2 "sometime this year." But for an additional $99 they can get it done in 1-2 days.— Andy Nesbitt (@anezbitt) January 18, 2018
Read more about Austin’s bid for Amazon’s headquarters here.