Amazon has brought benefits – and disruption – to Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Whichever city lands Amazon’s second headquarters some people in Seattle – its original hometown – want people to know there are downsides to having the tech giant in the neighborhood.

For years now, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower overhead as double-length dump trucks hauling excavated dirt rumble past pedestrians and bicyclists. The crashing and clanging of construction is the city’s soundtrack on perpetual loop.

Housing prices have soared faster than anywhere else in the country, driving some low- and even middle-income residents beyond city limits. Traffic is frequently unmentionable. And while Amazon is far from solely to blame for these issues life in its hometown is indeed one more endeavor the tech giant has disrupted.