Updated: Complete Coverage of Amazon's HQ2 Decision

The official news of Amazon's choices for its second location broke this morning, but hot takes were streaming in all day.

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November 13, 2018, 12:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Seattle, Washington

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[Updated 11/14/2018, 11/15/2018, and 11/16/2018]

The news that Amazon official officially announced its selections of Long Island City, in New York City, and Crystal City, in Arlington County, Virginia, for the location of its second headquarters (HQ2) set the urbanist and planning media world ablaze today. After sharing the breaking news this morning, a steady stream of informative and thought provoking hot takes and insight on national and local media sites as well as social media, continued throughout the day. Here's what we recommend for reading on this big day for capitalism and urban planning.

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