chi-78_Riverwalk_Concept_Looking_South (2) Related Midwest’s vision for the Riverwalk at its The 78 site on Chicago’s Near South Side. The area has been mentioned as a possible location for Amazon’s HQ2.

CHICAGO—Amazon put out the call two months ago for the proposals it will use to select the host city for HQ2, its new co-headquarters. Hundreds of municipalities submitted applications in hopes of attracting the project, which could employ as many as 50,000 workers. Urbanists, researchers, pundits, and publications have joined in the endless speculation on the eventual winner. And a recent survey has identified what could be the top prospects.

The team at Sperling’s BestPlaces, well known for its rankings of the best places to live, collected 18 of what they termed the most reputable lists and rankings of potential locations. Using those rankings, they tallied how each location performed and from that, generated a score for each place.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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