Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: Philly’s bid for Amazon HQ2.
Philly and the rest of the country have had some time to simmer down since submitting bids for Amazon’s second headquarters last week. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped talking about it.
While official details about Philly’s bid are mum, what we do know is that the city’s pitch included three potential sites for the e-commerce giant to build its $5 billion headquarters: Schuylkill Yards, uCity Square, and the Navy Yard.
We also know that going into the final push, Moody’s Analytics predicted that Philly actually had a pretty good shot at winning this whole thing, given its location. To be sure, the city really drove that home in one of the videos it created touting its transportation and logistics.
By the end of the year, Amazon is expected to narrow the 100-plus proposals down to 20. The winning city, which can expect to be home to 50,000 new jobs, will be announced in 2018.
So we want to know: What do you think about Philly’s bid? What are our chances? Do you even want Amazon to come here?
In the comments, let us know your takeaways from this whole experience and what this could all mean for the future of Philly.