Few events have jolted the urban planning crowd quite like Amazon’s process for selecting the company’s new second headquarters (dubbed HQ2). The company put up a massive carrot of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment, and then proceeded to demand proposals from cities across North America (lovingly written up by Clickhole). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Amazon received 238 proposals, and this week chose twenty finalists.
Apple is also getting in the game now, announcing this week that it too is going to build a new “campus” that would focus on technical support, at least initially. While it hasn’t announced a request for proposals yet, it did say the decision on location “will be announced later in the year.”
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