Amazon has triggered a $5 billion bidding war — here are the craziest proposals for its new headquarters
The company’s new campus, called HQ2, will bring 50,000 new jobs. Amazon will invest $5 billion in its construction, making the offer one of the largest corporate-civic opportunities in recent American history.
Proposals are not due until October 19, but many cities have already disclosed their plans to woo Amazon. And some are more extreme than others.
Our favorite: The offer from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-Donald Trump’s Meatloaf) of $5 billion in tax breaks, according to The Observer. That means Amazon would get its headquarters for free, yes?
No wonder Mr. 5×5 is out of a job.
But none of the pitches, to our knowledge, is quite like the four-page “Newsroom Commentary” that wrapped the Metro section of yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe.
(Readable version here.)
Not surprisingly, the hardreading staff has questions.
Question #1: Shouldn’t this be labeled “Editorial Commentary”? The newsroom is supposed to focus on, well, news – not commentary. That’s the bailiwick of the editorial pages.
Question #2: Isn’t this a bit Chamber of Commerce Pep Squad-ish? (Interesting that Shirley (You Jest) Leung has the only byline in the four-page spread.)
Funny, we thought the Globe was the umpire, not the pitcher.
We must be wrong.