Ever since Jeff Bezos announced the prospect of a second Amazon headquarters, or HQ2, to join its Seattle HQ, nearly every city in North America prepared both extravagant and wacky pitches. City leaders rolled out new billion-dollar tax benefits and, in one case, a 21-foot saguaro cactus. City propaganda slipped into 1,000 Amazon product reviews and promises of free Primanti Bros. sandwiches were made for each new Amazon employee.
Ultimately, Amazon kindly curved the bohemian offerings in favor of larger metropolises with more established markets and a higher-rated quality of life. Still though, we think that some of these underdog cities deserve a second look.