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Among the 20 locations shortlisted for Amazon's new second headquarters, five are in the DC and New York metro areas. Rockstar urbanist Richard Florida thinks that makes these places the favorites, and Amazon is intentionally trying to incite an incentives arms race between them.

Florida described his theory in a series of tweets:

What do you think of Florida's theory?

Julie Strupp is Greater Greater Washington's Managing Editor. She's a journalist committed to building inclusive, equitable communities and finding solutions. Previously she's worked for DCist, Washingtonian, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. You can usually find her sparring with her judo club, pedaling around the city, or chatting with her neighbors on her Park View porch.