The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.
But there are plenty of differences between New York's Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.
Set within eyeshot of the nation's capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.
Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.
Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters, announced Tuesday that it was splitting its project into two.
Los Angeles also put in a bid for the big Amazon project. Cities across the country have thrown all kinds of incentives at Amazon to lure the Seattle-based e-commerce giant to their communities, raising questions and objections from critics who feel that the money could be better spent elsewhere. Should Los Angeles actually be thankful that Amazon isn’t coming to our backyard?
With files from the Associated Press.
Elizabeth Weise, technology reporter with USA Today, based in San Francisco, who’s been following the Amazon HQ2 search
Bill Allen, CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, a private nonprofit public benefit organization
Chris Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics and director of the UC Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting and Development