If you were born and raised in the DMV area, there is a sense of pride that comes with being a native. It is a unique experience that slightly differs from living in a bigger city. It is opposite of living in a smaller town. Living in the nation’s capitol encompasses everything from the smell of the fuel that feeds our convenient Metro buses to the intimacy of running into your high school classmate at a ball game. The area is the perfect blend of cultural fusion and diversity.
It makes sense why Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos would choose the nation’s capitol as the new home of the company’s second headquarters, referred to as “HQ2.” According to Bethany Biron of Business Insider, “In the year since Amazon announced plans to open its second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the city just outside of Washington, DC, has transformed to welcome the e-commerce giant.” Although construction will begin early this year, Pete Muntean of WUSA9 says Amazon already has 400 new hires working from leased office spaces in Crystal City, Virginia. Amazon has already listed over 300 open job positions in Arlington, VA. Muntean also mentions a quote from Jay Carney, former Obama Administration official and architect of HQ2: “We need a lot of tech employees, software developers, computer scientists, and engineers.” HQ2 has already had a heavy impact on the DC metro area before it has been built.
There are also plans of creating a new area called National Landing that will encompass Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, says Biron. Crystal City is in the Southeastern corner of Arlington. It is in close proximity to the Pentagon. It is comprised of mostly office buildings, hotels and sleek, modern high-rise buildings. It’s also Metro-accessible.
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Biron, Bethany. “We visited Crystal City, Virginia, and saw how the community is evolving to welcome Amazon HQ2.” Business Insider, 21 September 2019, https://www.businessinsider.com/crystal-city-arlington-amazon-hq2-changes-2019-9?utm_source=copy-link&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topbar.
Muntean, Pete. “Amazon will break ground on HQ2 this year. Here’s how you can get one of the 25,000 new jobs.” WUSA9, 1 January 2020, https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/amazon-hq2-groundbreaking-2020-plans/65-5a572835-f71a-4f6b-b2a8-515c2e192ca8.
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