It turns out the convenience of Amazon’s free same-day delivery has a major drawback.
The number of Amazon warehouses has exploded across the Philadelphia region during the pandemic, driven by our every-growing shift to online shopping.
All told, Amazon has 57 buildings across the region either up and running or under construction, including a massive new 5½-story fulfillment center in northern Delaware that will be the company’s largest to date. And as more are built, these massive facilities are moving away from highways and closer to our homes in order to satisfy our addiction to free and easy shipping.
A proposed Amazon warehouse in South Philadelphia would be surrounded by dense housing in Elmwood. UPS is building a new distribution center in Northeast Philadelphia, which as columnist Inga Saffron points out will be right in the middle of a residential neighbored and nearly 10 miles away from I-95.
Or as one commentator on Reddit put it, “The blight of suburban malls and office parks gives way to the blight of suburban 24/7 distribution centers. At least the aesthetic is consistent.”
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