Visions of a Tech Hub? For 2 Winners, Landing Amazon Is Just the Beginning
When Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America, it set off a competition for a sort of new-economy golden ticket, a chance for one city to become, almost overnight, a magnet for the high-paying jobs and entrepreneurial spark that are hallmarks of urban success in the 21st century.
Critics were just as quick to highlight potential downsides: soaring housing costs, clogged roads and strained public resources.
A year later, Amazon appears poised...