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Old 11-09-2018, 10:56 AM   #121
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Yeah, if only we had abundant affordable housing and top-notch transportation infrastructure with lots of spare growth capacity, just like [checks notes] ... New York City...
I wrote the same thing in the comments. Renee Loth is giving Airhead Joan Vennochi a run for her money as the worst columnist in the Glob. Especially for business related matters.
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:56 AM   #122
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It wouldve been exciting for sure but excitement would've turned into cruel reality quickly thereafter
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:43 AM   #123
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:43 PM   #124
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Indeed it is!
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:53 PM   #125
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:56 PM   #126
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So winning this competition turned out to be "how many huge chunks of empty single-owner office space did you have?"

Long Island City= 1m vacant in Citigroup building (+.4m in rest of building by 2020)
Crystal City = 2m vacant with one owner


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Tim Logan of the Globe takes a tour of Crystal City, and is not impressed.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...VxK/story.html

His takeaway. Crystal City was chosen because 1.) it has 2.1 million sq ft of vacant office space; 2.) rents that are a third of what they would be in Kendall; 3.) single property owner. (When Amazon expanded big in Seattle, they also were dealing with a single property owner, the late Paul Allen).
WSJ says that the Citigroup building in Long Island City has 1.4m sq ft that Citigroup doesn't need or want (1m vacant now after Citigroup vacated, and another .4m that will be available by 2020 that'd been sublet since Citigroup has an option on it until 2020)

Landlord, Facing Loss of a Big Tenant, Pins Hopes on Amazon HQ2
Savanna hopes Amazon.com will put some HQ2 operations in its building, formally known as One Court Square, in Long Island City
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:28 AM   #127
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It's official

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/tech/...ton/index.html
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:37 AM   #128
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thanks.
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Throughout the process, Amazon skillfully obtained free data from cities across North America, including proprietary information about real estate sites under development, details about their talent pool, local labor cost and what incentives cities and states were willing to pony up to bring the company to town.

"Amazon was not going through this exercise to pick a single HQ2," said Richard Florida, a leading urbanist and professor at the University of Toronto. "It was part of a broader effort -- a corporate relocation strategy -- to crowd source a wide variety of data."

And the company itself has said it would use the information from the bids when considering where to open new facilities, such as warehouses and smaller corporate offices. Several cities that didn't make the final 20 have already seen an investment from Amazon, including fulfillment centers in Spokane, Washington, and Ottawa, as well as a new office in Vancouver with jobs in fields like machine learning and cloud computing.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:55 AM   #129
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For a few minutes there NPR/Reuters was reporting Nashville... I thought maybe Amazon was just messing with the press a bit more. Which I suppose they sort of were. It is amazing to what lengths reporters will go to get "the scoop" when waiting 30 minutes for the actual announcement would actually be much more reliable and accurate.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:31 AM   #130
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Having two "HQ2" only increases my belief that Amazon wants out of Seattle, maybe not completely but a large portion. And given Amazon must have insane turnover it could just happen organically.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:50 AM   #131
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2 no make it 3 Globe stories here;

Itís official: Amazon announces selection of New York City and Northern Virginia for HQ2

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...o4I/story.html

Five things Amazonís HQ2 snub says about Boston

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...OdO/story.html

Boston wonít get HQ2, but we still have plenty of Amazon workers

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...wKL/story.html
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:51 AM   #132
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I guess now this is official.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:57 AM   #133
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For a few minutes there NPR/Reuters was reporting Nashville... I thought maybe Amazon was just messing with the press a bit more. Which I suppose they sort of were. It is amazing to what lengths reporters will go to get "the scoop" when waiting 30 minutes for the actual announcement would actually be much more reliable and accurate.
Someone along the line misunderstood:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/am...ity-2018-11-13

Amazon confirms Long Island City, N.Y., and Arlington County, Va., as its 'HQ2' selections; Nashville facility announced

".....In Nashville, Tenn., meanwhile, Amazon said it would create a new Operations Center of Excellence" responsible for customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain and other activities. Amazon said it will create 5,000 full-time jobs and invest more than $230 million.... "
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:07 PM   #134
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This just gets juicier...


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Under agreement between Amazon and Virginia, the commonwealth will give the company written notice about any FOIA requests "to allow the
Company to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy"

https://twitter.com/brfreed/status/1062372347280269318

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Old 11-13-2018, 12:13 PM   #135
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i will say one thing.

if it had to be 1 tech giant that didn't come to Boston....

i'm glad it was these assholes.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:53 PM   #136
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Some have speculated that the long-range plan is to break up Amazon into two or three even four companies. That Bezos expects that Trump will seek to break-up Amazon, quicker rather than later.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:13 PM   #137
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Some have speculated that the long-range plan is to break up Amazon into two or three even four companies. That Bezos expects that Trump will seek to break-up Amazon, quicker rather than later.
That makes more sense than having 3 "headquarters." 3 different companies can have 3 headquarters.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:20 PM   #138
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This just gets juicier...


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Under agreement between Amazon and Virginia, the commonwealth will give the company written notice about any FOIA requests "to allow the
Company to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy"

https://twitter.com/brfreed/status/1062372347280269318

I'm not saying this is ok, but it's basically boilerplate.
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