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Nashville’s Star Rises as Midsize Cities Break Into Winners and Losers

Music City Rising Ask Ralph Schulz, president of Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce, why this city has done so well and he begins with the Civil War. Nashville surrendered early, allowing it to avoid the destruction that befell many Southern cities. Union troops used the city as a logistics hub, which …

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High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon

“During the process it became clear to us that the overriding criteria was going to be the ability to find and attract talent,” Jay Carney, a senior vice president at Amazon, said in an interview immediately after the company announced its plans for New York and Virginia. Was any of …

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The Look of Amazon’s HQ2 Winners, Before Amazon

Instead of one new home, Amazon chose two. Two places, with waterfront views and organic shops and abandoned buildings, that will someday house tens of thousands of high-tech workers. We spent much of this week in those two places, Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and Long Island City in Queens, …

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Amazon’s HQ2 in Virginia Leaves a Real Estate Firm Poised to Cash In

Two years ago, Matt Kelly couldn’t have known that a failed merger involving his real estate firm would propel him toward a central role in Amazon’s expansion plans. In May 2016, Mr. Kelly and his firm, then known as the JBG Companies, had an agreement to merge with a large …

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Amazon’s HQ2 Will Benefit From New York City. But What Does New York Get?

Not that young tech workers, more and more of them immigrants, wanted to live in suburbia, anyway. Increasingly they demanded the diversity and benefits of city life. And so did successful innovation companies, following the lead of workers. Another way to put it is that companies like Google, Facebook and …

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Amazon’s New Neighbor: The Nation’s Largest Housing Project

Until recently, the most important thing to know about Amazon for residents of the Queensbridge Houses, the country’s largest public housing project, was that any packages left in a lobby would likely be stolen. But Amazon may soon be a far larger presence in their New York City neighborhood. The …

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Urban Planning Guru Says Driverless Cars Won’t Fix Congestion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Peter Calthorpe thinks Silicon Valley has it all wrong. He rejects the ideas of tech industry visionaries who say personal autonomous vehicles will soon be the solution to urban problems like traffic congestion. Mr. Calthorpe is a Berkeley-based urban planner who is one of the creators …

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Among Amazon HQ2 Watchers, Northern Virginia Checks the Most Boxes

SEATTLE — Amazon won’t say a word about where it plans to put its much-hyped second headquarters. Officials in the 20 cities and regions named as finalists say that they don’t know anything — and that even if they did, they wouldn’t share it publicly. But that hasn’t stopped investors, …

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