Amazon looks for a new headquarters whereas Google plans to build a new city…

September 22, 2017
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There is lot of speculation ever since Amazon announced it wants to set a second headquarter. This has led to lots of speculation on which cities fit the bill. Summary of probable locations with pluses and minuses here.

Meanwhile, Google wants to build a new city to experiment and innovate:

Amazon is looking for a city for its new headquarters. Boring! Google is looking to build a city. The FT reports:

Google’s parent company was working on a sweeping plan to build a city from the ground up, the executive in charge of its urban innovation business said on Tuesday, in an attempt to prove that a technologically-enabled urban environment can improve quality of life and reduce cities’ impact on the environment.

…“We actually want to build a new city, it is a district of the city, but one that is of sufficient size and scale that it can be a laboratory for innovation on an integrated basis,” said Dan Doctoroff, head of Sidewalk Labs, at a talk to the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association.

Sidewalk was “quite far along” in its search for a city with which to partner to build a testing ground for new approaches to transport, infrastructure and possibly even governance and social policy, he said.

How these big corporations are going to shape and reshape economic geography is there to see. Not that it is anything new really. We have an example of Tatas shaping Jamshedpur..

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