Amazon HQ2

The Precipitous Fall of Seattle’s ‘Amazon Tax’

The city’s ambitious plan to fund affordable housing by taxing corporations had a very short life. What happened?

Can Cities Make Big Business Pay?

After the city passed a tax on businesses to tackle its housing crisis, corporations mounted a counter-attack. And other cities are watching.

What Did Cities Actually Offer Amazon?

Activists are on a quest to find out.

Seattle Unanimously Passes an 'Amazon Tax' to Fund Affordable Housing

The compromise bill to fund affordable housing and homelessness programs is a thermometer for how cities regulate rapid economic growth.

The competition for HQ2 has given Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plenty of reason to smile.

The Hypocrisy of Amazon’s HQ2 Process

Amazon set up its HQ2 bidding war for maximum manipulation of North America’s cities—and the company doesn’t seem to be following its own selection criteria closely.

Will Seattle's Plan for a Progressive Tax Scare Amazon Away?

Seattle wants big businesses to fund affordable housing and reduce homelessness. Amazon isn’t happy.

California's Lessons for the Amazon HQ2 Bidding War

As cities offer massive incentives to win business, economists at UC Riverside offer up a cautionary tale—and examples of how to negotiate benefits for workers and the community.

Council Members, Kochs, and Socialists Unite Against Amazon

Petitions and protests urge cities to stop offering tax incentives to Amazon HQ2. But who’s listening?

Could Amazon Flip a State?

Democrats could gain politically if the company chooses a city in a battleground state for its second North American headquarters.

The Quiet Rise of the Downtown Tech Campus

While the world focuses on the battle for Amazon HQ2, the other tech giants are consolidating their own urban fiefdoms.

Where an HQ2 Could Most Help Me Find a Boyfriend

Sure, the bidding war for Amazon’s headquarters might hurt cities. But I couldn’t help but wonder: Would it also help me find a boyfriend?

Amazon HQ2 Competition Spotlights Gaps in LGBTQ Protections

A new campaign, “No Gay, No Way,” is fighting for Amazon to choose a more inclusive home for HQ2.

Does Inviting Amazon to Your Hood Really Create Jobs?

A new study calls into question the net benefit of Amazon warehouses for cities.

HQ2 Hunger Games: Meet Your Tributes

With 20 cities left competing for Amazon, cities are angling to offer more than ever for 50,000 jobs. Here’s your ultimate reference for every city.

The Case for Putting Amazon's HQ2 in the Suburbs

If it’s built on the urban fringe, HQ2 doesn’t have to be an inward-looking campus marooned in sprawl. It could be the mother of all suburban retrofits.

Where Amazon HQ2 Could Worsen Affordability the Most

Some of the cities dubbed finalists in Amazon’s headquarters search are likely to see a greater strain on their housing market, a new analysis finds.

The 7 Stages of Amazon HQ2 Grief

For boosters and residents in the many cities left behind in the HQ2 sweepstakes, it was a day of sadness, anger, regret, and tweeting.

Amazon Whittles Down List of HQ2 Contenders to 20 Finalists

The list skews toward larger cities and metropolitan areas along the Eastern corridor, stretching as far north as Toronto and as far south as Miami. And it looks like some of the economic incentives might be paying off.

The (Legal) Case Against Bidding Wars Like Amazon's

The race to win Amazon’s second headquarters has reignited a conversation dating back to the late ‘90s: Should economic incentives be curbed by the federal government? Can they be?

Downtown Austin, Texas

Missing From Amazon's HQ2 Search: Climate

Amazon made no mention of climate change in its HQ2 request for proposals, and most of the public city bids don’t address it, either.