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After more than a year of speculation, Amazon finally announced the location of its future HQ2 on November Rather than going with a single city, as originally proposed, it will split the second headquarters into two equal-sized facilities in New York City and the Washington D.
It marked the end of a very long, very public corporate spectacle from the tech giant. Businesses usually negotiate deals with minimal fanfare, but Amazon went big.
It announced that it would be an open process—municipalities around North America could bid for the distinction of hosting the second headquarters, a facility expected to bring in 50, high-paying jobs and a massive, transformative tax base. The jostling that ensued was like watching cities including many in Texas rush to the gas station to buy a ten-figure Powerball ticket.
The bidding cities offered incentive packages, which in Texas were kept confidential by city leaders. The public process ensured that every city that applied knew its competitors, creating a virtual arms race of incentives and downright embarrassing behavior: Calgary, Alberta offered to change its name; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo volunteered to change his name; Frisco said it would literally build its city around the potential headquarters. And after all of that, Amazon made obvious selections.
And splitting HQ2 into two different locations was a shrewd move: Amazon will bring half the of jobs initially promised to each area as it reaps the incentives billions of dollars and connections the influence of twice as many federal legislators, for one of both locations. The economic impact would have been dramatic. Some Texans have long had visions of a robust tech corridor between Austin and Dallas, imagining a smarter, sleeker Silicon Valley popping up along I In NYC and D. Even as those who dreamed of a transformed Austin or Dallas may mourn, there are plenty of reasons for others to breathe a sigh of relief.
It would have heightened the cost of living, created spikes in real estate and commercial rentworsened traffic, and warped the culture around it. With 3. It transforms swathes of the city into privatized playgrounds for its employees, creating benefits that only people with an Amazon employee badge can access regularly. It effectively wields a political vetocapable of thwarting progressive laws on a municipal level and conservative legislation on a state level, ensuring that the only people who are happy with the way Amazon wields power are its executives. It creates a bleak dating pool, resulting in dating apps full of men with money, all-consuming jobs, and few social skills, which Texas women are unlikely to suffer readily.
Economic stratification is already fairly pronounced in Austin and Dallas, and the idea behind it—that having a fancy job means that you deserve more than somebody without one—are not what you think of when you think about Texas values. Neither Austin nor Dallas have shared what they offered to Amazon, but we do have a sense of how Dallas pitched itself to the company, thanks to some detailed reporting from the Dallas Morning News.
The city stuffed an Uptown trolley car full of young, hip residents who could sell executives on the cool Dallas they knew and loved. The official responsible for leading the bid opined to the paper about trying not to check in with the company for fear of coming off as too thirsty. The team talked themselves through the stress and exhaustion by reminding each other that hundreds of other cities were all doing the same thing.
But what would have been truly disappointing is if Amazon had made a Texas city unaffordable, inaccessible, and devoid of its culture for the Texans who already live in it. By Shawn Shinneman. By Skip Hollandsworth. By Robert Draper. By Daniel Vaughn.
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