Harvard Business Review parses the Amazon HQ2 RFP to see how it fits notions of city-making. Thanks to Amy Liu and Mark Muro.
Even as Vancouver continues to support and grow its already-strong digital economy, perhaps there is welcome congruence around broader city planning strategies between Vancouver and Seattle’s gorilla.
Amazon’s selection criteria, as described in the company’s request for proposal, sets out a compelling list of the attributes cities must have if they aspire to be a serious part of the America’s growing digital economy.
Among several other takeaway thoughts:
Connected and sustainable placemaking. The Amazon RFP reads like an urban planner’s dream, brimming with calls for energy efficient buildings, recycling services, public plazas, green space, and access to multiple modes of transportation. While Amazon will apparently consider greenfield sites as well as existing developments for its new headquarters, it emphasizes its interest in promoting walkability and connectivity between densely clustered buildings through “sidewalks, bike lanes, trams, metro, bus, light rail, train, and additional creative options.”
Yes. Bike lanes.