The Amazon smile turns to afrown./ (Design parody by Steve Lubetkin.)

NEW YORK CITY—It's hard to listen to people with whom youdisagree. And especially difficult when you reallydisagree. Add to the mix how New Yorkers are known for their strongopinions and the wealthiest man on Earth.

Amazon withdrew its plans to bring its second headquarters toLong Island City, Queens, citing opposition from some politicalleaders. Several members of the CRE community expresseddisappointment, calling the news an “awful” or “sad” missedopportunity. They cited the loss of jobs, tax revenue and economicstimulus. Other politicians and civic leaders opined that Amazonhad not shown itself to be a strong corporate partner. The HQ2became a divisive issue, and one lesson learned was the importanceof bringing different people to the table—especially those withwhom you may not normally break bread.

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Betsy Kim

Betsy Kim was the bureau chief, East Coast, and New York City reporter for Real Estate Forum and As a lawyer and journalist, Betsy has worked as the director of editorial and content for LexisNexis, a TV/multi-media journalist for NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations in the Midwest, and an associate producer at Court TV.