Perhaps one of the biggest wins for residents of Long Island City once Amazon decided to take a step back from buying 28 acres of prime waterfront property was that the already infamous Queens traffic congestion wouldn’t have to contend with thousands of workers commuting to the site. Instead, the site is earmarked for a mixture of residential, retail, and public community spaces that will not only make good use of the prime property but also have a far less detrimental effect on the local traffic.
Experts Feel Amazon HQ2 Wouldn’t Have Affected Traffic
The daily commute is always on the minds of those who call the Queens borough home, and the thought of added pressure to an already pressured traffic system can seem daunting. In fact, bad weather can result in an increase of 30% more time spent on the roads. Add to this 25,000 additional workers in Long Island City who would’ve had to integrate themselves in the commute and suddenly the expert findings seem a little skewed. The increase in the everyday flow of traffic might seem negligible, but bad weather, a traffic accident, or anything that disrupts the regular flow of traffic can increase that 30% uncomfortably high.
The Toxicity Of Overpopulation
One of the biggest considerations Long Island City residents would have had to put up with, despite the 28 acres of land that was earmarked for the Amazon site, was that the staff of the mass retailer would have had to be accommodated. This also meant that those who are in the market for their own SUV or truck most likely would have had to opt for public transport instead, purely due to the time spent on the commute. For travelers, a car that sits idling away in traffic just turns into a gas guzzler and the bigger the car, the more gas is needed to keep it going. This hardly seems like a good way to commute.
Putting Long Island City On The Map
Those who have confused Long Island with Long Island City have managed to move beyond that, thanks to the HQ2 debacle. While not everyone is in agreement that the backtracking of Amazon was a good thing, it does open doors to a number of other opportunities for the area. Department stores are expanding, apartments remain affordable, and communities are enjoying a fresh new perspective on the future.
Long Island City might have stopped HQ2 from disrupting the peace and traffic flow, but it does benefit from the consideration of the mass retailer. With the added attention, this suburb can enjoy the added boost to the economy without the added pressure to the daily commute.