While the official announcement has yet to be made, it looks like Amazon has chosen the location of its second headquarters… and its third. Based on a number of reports, it looks like Long Island City in NYC and Crystal City in Arlington, VA (just outside Washington, DC) will each get half of the jobs and investment that Amazon promised would accompany its HQ2.
Honestly, the choice of NYC and Greater Washington makes the whole process look (probably accurately) like a sham. Amazon got a ton of great PR as cities around North America — remember, Canadian cities were in on the competition too — competed with incentives to attract the ecommerce giant, its jobs, and investment.
Now, after getting up the hopes of so many cities, the HQ is being split between the city with the most corporate HQs in the country and the seat of the federal government — both are already among the most expensive places to live in the country. As Emily Badger
wrote in NYTimes, this decision makes the superstar cities bigger and richer
— NYC and DC accounted for half of the net increase in businesses across the US from 2007 to 2016 — but it will also make some of the most unequal cities even more so.