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Richard Rhodes

ARLINGTON, VA—As the local market prepares for Amazon’s arrival, it is instructive to understand why Amazon was forced to seek out a new location (or locations as it turned out) in the first place: The approximately 40,000 employees in Seattle occupied 19% of all prime office space in the city, according to The Seattle Times. In short, the company’s need for tech talent and space outpaced the availability in the Seattle area.


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