Episode 28: Amazon HQ2 Debate w/ Kelsey E. Thomas

Shared street at Pike Place Market in Seattle, home of Amazon’s HQ1 (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

In case you haven’t heard (somehow) Amazon is searching for its second headquarters and the cities of America — and Canada — are dressing to impress in a mad scramble to reply to the RFP. Which city will it be? How will Amazon choose the lucky winner? And what kind of impact do these veritable PR stunts have on the existing communities once the dust has settled? Tune in for this and more as we talk with Next City contributor Kelsey E. Thomas about her article on the competition that’s taking the country by storm.

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Articles referenced in this episode:

Main article from Next City —5 Mayors, 5 Lipstick Shades, 5 Amazon Seductions by Kelsey E. Thomas: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/new-amazon-headquarters-city-selection

An Open Letter to Amazon: Here’s the pitch for Philadelphia: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/why-amazon-should-pick-philadelphia-for-headquarters-20170913.html

Baltimore’s Pitch to Amazon: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDBALT/bulletins/1b59bdd

Katrina’s GoFundMe to get to Placemaking Week! (Every little bit helps!) https://www.gofundme.com/women-led-cities-study-tour

Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode