Unending growth! Amazon buys Colorado Springs Airport site

Article subtitle: 
Massive distribution center, 1,000-plus jobs coming
Article CAIRCO note: 
Growth at any cost, promoted by the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC
Article publisher: 
The Gazette
Article date: 
14 February 2020
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

Securing its future in the city, Amazon has bought land at the Colorado Springs Airport where it will build a 4-million-square-foot distribution and sorting center, a commercial project that will be one of the city’s biggest ever and one that could propel additional development at the airport’s business park....

In a news release, Amazon said the center will employ more than 1,000 people in full-time positions starting at $15 an hour with benefits. The center will ship customer orders for books, electronics, toys and other smaller items to the Colorado Springs area, across the rest of the state and to surrounding states....

... Mayor John Suthers said  the center "is precisely the sort of catalytic growth we have been encouraging throughout the city, and especially in the southeast."...

The company expects to be able to recruit employees, she said, because its minimum wage is $3 an hour higher than Colorado's minimum...

...warehouse and distribution space totaling 4 million square feet over five stories, with 1,800 parking spaces for associates....

The centers are a study in efficiency, filled with thousands of robots to move around more than 20 million items that are scanned every step from arrival to departure...

Amazon has spent more than $1.5 billion since 2016 in Colorado to build four other distribution and sorting centers, several other delivery stations, Prime Now, Tech and Amazon Air hubs, cloud services and research facilities as well as several storefront locations that now employ more than 4,000 people. The company said Colorado ranks sixth among the 50 states for the fastest-growing small and midsized businesses that sell products on Amazon.com totaling more than 45,000. 


Contrary to Mayor John Suthers, we suspect that many believe the center "is precisely the sort of cataclysmic growth growth we have been avoiding throughout the city."

Also note that "The centers are a study in efficiency, filled with thousands of robots." Looks like the choice is clear - when robots can displace human workers, it will.

Can Colorado Springs survive explosive population growth?, by Frosty Wooldridge, The Gazette, December 17, 2019:

Colorado Springs at 464,500 will overtake Denver to become the largest city in Colorado...

Let’s examine what Americans face if we continue immigration-driven ‘exponential growth’ not only in Colorado but in America. First of all, America absorbs over 1,000,000 (million) legal immigrants annually. According to the Pew Research Center, we allow 500,000 undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens] to cross our southern border and/or visa overstays, annually. That’s a whopping 1.5 million more people added annually. They, in turn, birth 900,000 babies annually. (Source: www.cis.org, Dr. Steven Camarota) Additionally, at 330 million people living in America, we add another 1,000,000, net gain ourselves, annually. That totals over 3.1 million added people to the USA annually.
The U.S. Census Bureau projects the USA jumping from 300 million in 2006 to 440 million by 2050. That’s an increase of 140 million people. Do we want that number to land on America’s future generations? Can we survive those numbers as to water, energy and resources? Can we survive the environmental onslaught as to “catastrophic climate destabilization”?
Can we sustain those numbers? Can we survive the gridlock and air pollution? Can I-25 and I-70 take us to the mountains for skiing or camping? Will we enjoy enough water, oil and resources to maintain our standard of living and our consumption as well as waste? At this point, few pay any attention to this issue....