Amazon HQ2

View of traffic in Long Island City, Queens, looking over the bridge to Manhattan.

Amazon’s HQ2 Search Was About Specialized Talent

Amazon chose Long Island City and Crystal City based on talent. But talent isn’t generic: The search for HQ2 was about particular types of it.

A photo of vacant storefronts in the historic mining town of Superior, Arizona.

What About the Cities Amazon Forgot?

A pair of experts from the Brookings Institution talk about how to bridge the growing economic gulf between America’s coastal boomtowns and the rest.

Can Amazon Really Rename a Neighborhood?

Amazon awarded HQ2 to Northern Virginia’s “National Landing.” Locals know it as Crystal City. For neighborhood boosters, it’s a shot at a much-needed rebrand.

A photo of protesters carrying anti-Amazon posters during a rally and press conference in NYC.

Amazon’s HQ2 Decision Was Always About Transit

In the end, New York’s MTA and D.C.’s Metro were the only transportation networks capable of handling such an influx of new residents. But both cities will have some work to do.

Indianapolis, Indiana, was one of Amazon's 20 finalist cities for HQ2.

Cities That Lost Amazon's HQ2 Contest Can Still End Up Ahead

There’s a silver lining for the 235 places that did not win.

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Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful—It Should Be Illegal

Each year, local governments spend nearly $100 billion to move headquarters and factories between states. It’s a wasteful exercise that requires a national solution.

President Donald Trump, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon talk to each other at a table.

Amazon Was Never Going to Choose Detroit

Places like the new, affluent Washington, D.C., region were always going to be the only realistic options for 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.