Economics/Class Relations

Amazon’s New ‘Factory Towns’ Will Lift the Working Class

By Conor Sen, Bloomberg

Plentiful new jobs at higher wages in places with cheaper housing sounds like a solution to inequality.

The campaign against economic inequality has put a bullseye on cities. Local governments are encouraged to raise minimum wages, change their zoning laws and build more housing, particularly in affluent communities that are squeezing out the lower class.

But what if you shifted that focus to a different kind of community? Consider these burgeoning new places strung along the interstate and other highways leading away from urban cores, populated by warehouses and fulfillment centers that are being built to serve the needs of e-commerce customers. Let’s call them “factory towns.”


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