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The $5 Billion Question: Will Cities Win or Lose in the Bid for Amazon's Second Headquarters?
In September 2017, Amazon announced that it would build a second headquarters, equal to its Seattle campus, in some North American city. In response, 238 cities from 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, seven Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states submitted proposals to host the new headquarters, nicknamed “HQ2”. Amazon just released a list of 20 finalists for the competition, and has said it will announce the winning city “sometime in 2018.” In the meantime, urban experts are discussing the enormous ramifications that HQ2 could have on the selected city.
We asked more than a dozen urban experts: How will cities gain or lose from the competition to host Amazon's second North American headquarters?