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Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth

In Seattle, famous for boom-and-bust since the Gold Rush, some fret over Amazon's weight

Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

Thickets of yellow cranes have crowded the skyline, where new glass-sided office buildings, hotels and apartment towers are blotting out views of the mountains and the Space Needle.

The boom has also brought a lot of handwringing, as residents fret over whether Seattle has become a traffic-snarled city for the rich, overly dependent on the company behind it all: Amazon. The online retail giant has brought tens of thousands of workers to its headquarters.

To some ears, the complaints sound like trying to find the dark cloud in the silver lining.

Nevertheless, the growing pains are undeniable. Seattle, already one of the nation's fastest growing cities, is expected to gain another 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years.

Updated : 2021-09-19 20:15 GMT+08:00