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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 written for DCist, Washingtonian, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and others. You can usually find her sparring with her judo club, pedaling around the city, or hanging out on her Columbia Heights stoop.