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 pair of experts from the Brookings Institution talk about how to bridge the growing economic gulf between America’s coastal boomtowns and the rest.
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.
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.
There’s a silver lining for the 235 places that did not win.
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.
Places like the new, affluent Washington, D.C., region were always going to be the only realistic options for HQ2.
The city’s ambitious plan to fund affordable housing by taxing corporations had a very short life. What happened?
After the city passed a tax on businesses to tackle its housing crisis, corporations mounted a counter-attack. And other cities are watching.
Activists are on a quest to find out.
The compromise bill to fund affordable housing and homelessness programs is a thermometer for how cities regulate rapid economic growth.
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.
Seattle wants big businesses to fund affordable housing and reduce homelessness. Amazon isn’t happy.
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.
Petitions and protests urge cities to stop offering tax incentives to Amazon HQ2. But who’s listening?
Democrats could gain politically if the company chooses a city in a battleground state for its second North American headquarters.
While the world focuses on the battle for Amazon HQ2, the other tech giants are consolidating their own urban fiefdoms.
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?
A new campaign, “No Gay, No Way,” is fighting for Amazon to choose a more inclusive home for HQ2.
A new study calls into question the net benefit of Amazon warehouses for cities.