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Amazon’s Growing Real Estate Empire

The e-commerce giant has been quietly buying up massive swaths of property as the company works to reduce shipping times as dramatically as possible.

June 14, 2022 - Bloomberg

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon’s Largest Warehouse Ever Under Construction in Southern California

Twice as big as Downtown L.A.’s tallest skyscraper and bigger than Disney’s California Adventure Park with room to spare, the largest Amazon warehouse in the world is under construction in Southern California’s Inland Empire.

June 6, 2022 - Orange County Register

Aerial view of warehouses in San Bernardino, California

Communities Near Warehouses Unprotected by Outdated Zoning Codes

Today’s massive modern distribution centers have outsized impacts on adjacent neighborhoods. But outdated zoning codes often let them slip through the cracks with no environmental review.

June 2, 2022 - Next City

Amazon headquarters under construction in Arlington, Virginia

Amazon’s Housing Initiative Does Little for Low-Income Workers

Of the thousands of units Amazon has secured as part of its pledge to create affordable housing near its new headquarters, just over 200 are reserved for the lowest-income renters.

April 14, 2022 - The Washington Post

An Amazon sign adorns a brick building that implies an urban location.

Industrial Zoning a Foothold for Amazon Distribution Centers in San Francisco

Locals aren't happy about Amazon's numerous new distribution facilities in San Francisco, but all of the new facilities are all perfectly legal under the city's zoning code—much more legal than housing, for example.

February 21, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Amazon Fulfillment Center

Amazon Plans Further Expansion

On the heels of building its HQ2 facility in Arlington, Amazon continues to expand its hubs in cities spread out across the country.

December 29, 2021 - GeekWire

Amazon Warehouse

The Impact of Amazon Warehouses on Communities

Often located in low-income communities of color, Amazon's warehouses contribute to public health impacts like poor air quality, noise pollution, and traffic congestion.

December 16, 2021 - Consumer Reports

The exterior of a large Amazon distribution center located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Amazon Shifting From Land Lessee to Land Owner

Amazon has been tending to buy when previously it would have leased, and the trend has massive implications for the industrial real estate market.

October 25, 2021 - Bisnow

Delivery Trucks

How Street Configuration Impacts Equity

With urban pollution and traffic violence disproportionately affecting communities of color, better management of public space and streets could improve equity in cities.

October 25, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Grocery Store Public Health

Who Really Needs 15-Minute Grocery Delivery?

New start-ups are promising ultra-fast delivery, but at a high cost to workers, the environment, and the urban fabric.

October 14, 2021 - Vice News

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Affordable Housing: Principles for Changing Domestic and Global Markets

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