"I don't think that trying to bring Amazon to Chicago is a bad thing," says urban geographer Winifred Curran on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." "But I think we have to flip the script and ask what can Amazon bring to Chicago, rather than what does Chicago have to give away to bring them here," she adds.
And, affordable housing is among the hot topics for cities courting Amazon's HQ2, reports Crain's Chicago Business. "There's going to be gentrification no matter what city Amazon goes to," says housing researcher Geoff Smith. If Amazon comes to Chicago, "What you saw happen in Logan Square in 10 years, you'd see happen to other places much faster," notes Smith, referring to one of the city's north side neighborhoods.