Also: Democrats won Texas’s last conservative city, and what Seattle wants from an octopus census.
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What We’re Following
HQ, Too: All week, simmering just under the election news, rumors have swirled that Amazon is really, finally, set to announce the winner of HQ2—and in fact there might be two. The leaks suggest the e-commerce giant has chosen to split its second headquarters, with 25,000 jobs heading to Crystal City near Washington, D.C., and another 25,000 to Long Island City in Queens, New York. That would bring the epic sweepstakes to a close, but we don’t blame you if you think it all feels a little too obvious to be an exciting conclusion.
Exciting or not, the choice would make sense, Richard Florida explains today on CityLab. The two cities have huge talent pools, and it’s easy to pair up the hubs of the East Coast megaregion. Still, the HQ split runs the risk of backfiring on Amazon if it’s seen as just a game to negotiate tax incentives in cities where Amazon already has a notable presence. Today on CityLab: Why New York and D.C. Make Sense for Amazon’s HQ2
The geography of mass shootings: Twelve people are dead after a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. As CityLab reported earlier this year, a number of mass shootings in recent years have taken place in affluent suburban communities, but these tragic events happen in communities of all sizes, income levels, and racial and ethnic compositions: Mass Shootings Are the Problem of Everytown, USA
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Kind of Blue
After Tuesday’s elections, suburban districts are now twice as likely to be represented by a Democrat than by a Republican. At least 22 of the House seats that Democrats picked up this year classified as “sparse suburban” or “dense suburban” in CityLab’s Congressional Density Index. Add that to Democratic gains in almost all Republican-held urban districts and you have the new house majority. Before Tuesday's election, Republicans controlled a majority of the “sparse suburban” districts, and a third of "dense suburban" districts, which are more often tightly packed suburbs near cities.
“That’s all gone now,” writes CityLab’s David Montgomery, with Democrats now holding nearly 60 percent of sparse suburban districts and more than 80 percent of dense suburban. “The suburbs, at least for one election, are now comfortably Democratic territory.” Read his analysis: Suburban Voters Gave Democrats Their Majority
What We’re Reading
How a deal to bring autonomous vehicles to Disney World blew up (Jalopnik)
The tenant-landlord relationship is going digital (Curbed)
How the midterms altered the 2020 redistricting landscape (Washington Post)
Chicago DOT develops a parklet prototype to encourage hanging out (Next City)
Why Uber and Lyft want to create “walled gardens” (Fast Company)