Unlike Tiger Woods at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open, we made the cut.
Philadelphia is one of 20 remaining cities that might host Amazon’s new headquarters.
Doesn’t sound like they really narrowed it down, but they actually did, since Amazon put together this list of finalists from a pool of 238 applicants:
- Los Angeles
- Montgomery County, Md.
- New York
- Northern Virginia
Los Angeles is the only west coast city on the list, (probably) since Amazon already has a presence on the other side of the country.
Amazon said in September that it needed a second headquarters because it would soon outgrow its hometown, Seattle. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, founded the company there in 1994, and it has since transformed Seattle, employing more than 40,000 in the city. That expansion has also contributed to the city’s soaring cost of living and traffic woes.
The HQ2 is expected to bring 50,000 jobs to the winning city. That’s resulted in some Olympic-style bids featuring tax incentives and a lot of wooing and bullshitting. Critics say the whole thing is a publicity stunt that shows preference for big business (no duh).
Amazon prefers a metropolitan area with a population greater than one million, mass transit, and an international flight hub. That means Boyertown is disqualified.
But I think we certainly deserve it. I’d put the Amazon headquarters at the intersection of Frankford and Cottman, or maybe 63rd and Passyunk.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Jeff Bezos.