Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:26 a.m.
Yeah, right …
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Big city mayors have been drooling ever since the announcement last week by Amazon that the online behemoth/destroyer-of-all-that-is-retail will build a second headquarters … somewhere. Maybe Chicago! Maybe Atlanta! Maybe Toronto! Maybe they’re just trying to squeeze some concessions out of Seattle!
Los Angeles, too, has thrown its hat in the ring. And why not? Amazon’s new HQ will bring 50,000 jobs to one lucky city, not to mention a $5 billion construction project and more bragging rights than three Olympics.
“L.A. is the perfect place for a company like Amazon to find talented workers,” said a hopeful Mayor Eric Garcetti in a written statement, “and an environment that nurtures growth and innovation. I welcome the opportunity to compete for this remarkable investment, and the tens of thousands of good-paying jobs it is sure to bring with it.”
The city is expected to be a strong competitor in the hahahahahaha … just kidding. L.A. doesn’t stand a chance.
Let’s look at what Amazon says it’s looking for: a metropolitan area with more than a million people, a city able to “attract and retain strong technical talent,” a decent mass transit system, proximity to a major international airport and a “stable and business-friendly environment.”
L.A. does have a lot going for it. It’s certainly big enough. It’s got a ton of high-quality universities, including one of the country’s top technical universities, Caltech. And its mass transit system, while still a work in progress, goes some places. And Amazon CEO Jeff…
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