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Houston says it’s a ‘head-scratcher’ that Raleigh was included on Amazon’s HQ2 list

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Amazon narrows the field for the company’s second North American headquarters, and Raleigh is a finalist. Here are some pros and cons of each contender.
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Amazon narrows the field for the company’s second North American headquarters, and Raleigh is a finalist. Here are some pros and cons of each contender.

The Space City didn’t make the cut for Amazon’s new headquarters. And they just can’t figure out why Raleigh did.

Houston isn’t on Amazon’s list anymore, and the city’s newspaper seems confused why Raleigh made the cut but the Lone Star State’s largest city didn’t.

In a piece published to The Houston Chronicle’s website on Tuesday, the newspaper lamented that “opportunity knocked, but Houston couldn’t even get its foot in the door.”

And while the newspaper seemed to agree that some cities – like New York and Los Angeles – belonged on Amazon’s top-20 list – it felt differently about the City of Oaks.

“Among the metropolises still on the list are some obvious choices like New York and Los Angeles, as well as head-scratchers such as Raleigh, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio. Dallas and Austin are also on the short list. Houston has the dubious distinction as the largest city in the nation that Amazon shrugged aside.”

The Chronicle did not, however, include any reason why it thought Raleigh was a “head-scratcher.”

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