People are furious about Amazon’s reported decision to split its HQ2 between New York City and Virginia after months of deliberation

Amazon is reportedly finalising its HQ2 plans. And, people aren’t happy.

After months of deliberations and dramatics – without many official communications from Amazon – the company is finalising plans to split its second headquarters between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, in Arlington, Virginia, The New York Times reported on Monday evening.

So far, reactions haven’t been positive on social media.

Amazon’s reported decision to split its headquarters after months of deliberation – essentially opening two offices that would reportedly house 25,000 people each instead of a second headquarters that could rival its more than 45,000 employees in Seattle – rubbed many people the wrong way.^tfw^tfw

Insiders have been buzzing about Crystal City being a top pick for HQ2 for some time. However, New York City has been less explored as an option than the Virginia spot.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pushing for Amazon to move its second headquarters to the state, telling reporters on Monday he would change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to secure the deal.

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However, others are less pleased.^tfw^tfw^tfw

“If HQ2 came to New York, with its influx of tech workers, the campus could exacerbate several problems that already plague the city, including high housing prices, overpopulation, and gridlock – all things Seattle, Amazon’s home, has seen since the company arrived in the late 1990s,” Business Insider’s Leanna Garfield reported in January 2018.

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In January, Amazon narrowed its selection to 20 finalist cities, including Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The pick of two locations in the general New York City and Washington, DC, areas out of these options disappointed some people.^tfw

Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on whether it has made a final selection, and it declined to comment on The Times’ reporting.

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