Scarborough's Amazon bid dubbed 'implausible' by Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday listed Scarborough's bid for Amazon's new North America headquarters - dubbed Amazon HQ2 - among the "implausible" and quirky proposals that have come in from small towns from wild Alaska, to Texas cattle country, to coastal Maine. But the company is also factoring in things like cultural fit, the cost of living and the favorability of the state tax climate for business.

Boston got top scores on fiscal health and culture fit, with the Journal citing the city's "great sports-bar scene" and "a millennial population that has grown about 9% since 2012". (Which actually isn't that low when you factor in transportation costs, but hey, this is a positive post.) Intriguingly, the Journal also says it conducted interviews with "people familiar with Amazon's thinking". Although Dallas has a comprehensive bus and light-rail system, the Dallas-Fort Worth region is often criticized for its lack of alternatives to the automobile.

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Atlanta, Chicago and Denver were the three cities that matched up most closely with Seattle, Amazon's current home, while New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago were the three with the most tech talent.

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