Google HQ Plans Causing Concerns For Mountain View

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There’s currently not much information, but the New York Times is reporting that Google is planning to build a new headquarters in Mountain View, California. Mountain View only has a population of about 75,000 – 20,000 of which are employed by Google. You would think that any city would be delighted to have such an affluent business, and people with high paying jobs coming to live within its limits, however the proposed new building may be cause for concern in Mountain View.

It seems to be the trend that if you are a multibillion dollar technology company, you are building yourself a new house. With Apple’s new HQ located at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, and Facebook’s plans for a nearly 500,000 square foot headquarters in Palo Alto, Google clearly felt it needed to upgrade as well.

The building will undoubtedly be a masterful piece of architecture and engineering. The reported designers, based in London, are Heatherwick Studio, a world-renowned firm with bountiful design experience. The building isn’t Mountain View’s concern, though. Mountain View is concerned that the city simply cannot support any more people flocking to work for the tech giant. Conor Dougherty reports:

[Google’s] success has brought Mountain View Mountain View loads of tax dollars and a 3.3 percent unemployment rate, as well as skyrocketing home prices and intolerable gridlock.

While money isn’t short, the infrastructure within Mountain View is. Google HQ is located near Highway 101, which runs through Mountain View, and is an absolute disaster in rush hour traffic. Mountain View is having an identity crisis, and can’t decide if it wants to grow up, or run away to Neverland. They will have to make a decision quickly though, because if they don’t, Google might make the decision for them.

Do you think Google is imposing itself on Mountain View? Do you think the city should cap business growth or grow with the businesses that support it, and the people that come to live there? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

  Source: New York Times

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