Second Amazon headquarters a tale of two cities

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Each new office will bring 25,000 new jobs to whichever cities Amazon chooses. Amazon has fuelled an economic boom in its hometown of Seattle, where it is also often blamed for traffic problems and skyrocketing housing costs that squeeze some residents out of the city.

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City is one of three municipalities in the late stages of discussion with Amazon about the two-city plan, along with Dallas and Crystal City, Virginia.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, recently said that the company looked at data to help make its decision "but then you make that decision with your heart". The process certainly hasn't been rushed, as it took Amazon until January of 2018 to release their 20 city shortlist.

The Crystal City location would put Amazon just outside Washington, D.C. Betting websites are picking Northern Virginia as the victor. Amazon had said that it aims to place some 50,000 workers in its second city, and spend up to $5 billion on a new corporate campus, beginning in 2019.

The company stipulated that it was seeking to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an global airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

This is a developing story - check back for additional details. If this report comes to fruition and HQ2 is indeed split between Crystal City and New York City, it remains to be seen how those projections would be distributed and scaled across multiple urban areas. No major announcement will come until after the midterm elections on November 6, but the selection of the final site is slated to be revealed before the end of the year.

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