By Patrick Clark | Bloomberg News
Now that Amazon.com has narrowed down the list of cities it is considering for its second location in North America, it's time for a new round of everyone's favorite saloon game: to discuss which city is best suited to the technological giant .  After the e-commerce company said it was looking for a second headquarters to relieve pressure on its Seattle base, it received proposals from 238 locations, full of economic incentives and marketing gimmicks.
It has now reduced the field to 20 locations, including three offers from the Washington DC area, where Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has taken root, as well as proposals from smaller Midwestern cities (Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis) and important population centers (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Dallas).
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Leaving aside the economic incentives, and there are many, these are some pros and cons of the places in Amazon's long list.
Pros: A major airline hub and home to large corporations, such as UPS, Coca-Cola and Delta. A recent focus on redevelopment projects such as the BeltLine, a series of parks built on an old railway spur running through the city, can increase the city's appeal.
Cons: It's still not that great. Amazon is proud that its urban locations in Seattle are passable and passable, and a more suburban city like Atlanta can contradict that spirit. Terrible traffic, too.
Pros: Near the distribution and business center of Dallas, but much more fashionable. There is no income tax from Texas, an established technology industry and home to Whole Foods, which Amazon recently acquired.
Cons: Small airport. Despite the growing population, it still does not feel like a big city in the US. UU
Pros: Near Harvard, MIT and a host of other colleges and universities, an airport with nonstop flights to Seattle and Washington, DC, and a history of provide relocation benefits, such as the incentives that the city offered to GE in 2015.
Cons: It has some of the same drawbacks as New York: high cost of living, narrow residential real estate markets and commercial, without the same cultural services and depth of talent.
Pros: A large concentration of operations, marketing, finance and sales employees to search from other industries. Good public transit, passable neighborhoods and a variety of housing options, from downtown apartments to traditional suburbs.
Cons: The shootings in the city have become national news, and the state is still coming out of financial binds. Taking your government out of debt could require tax increases and cuts to public services.
Pros: A major research university in the state of Ohio, a fast growing economy and cheap housing.
Cons: Housing is cheap for a reason.
Pros: Has been a magnet for corporate relocations over the past two decades, offering high quality of life and access to a deep group of workers. There is no state income tax, and unlike Austin, it is a big city and an airline center.
Cons: The suburbs of Dallas can seem pretty boring to Amazon employees accustomed to cultural amenities in downtown Seattle.  Denver
Pros: Denver is already popular with technology companies. Colorado has strong engineering schools and defeats the other finalists when it comes to proximity to fresh powder. Fresh pot, and legal, too, for those who participate.
Cons: The influx of workers to Denver's burgeoning technology center has already extended the local housing market. It does not offer much geographical diversity of Seattle.
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Pros: The salaries of technology companies would go far in the heart, and the choice of Indianapolis would make Amazon could be said to be the most important employer in Central America.
Cons: The size of Amazon's headquarters could sink the city's residential and commercial real estate markets. As in Columbus, cheap housing is not a mystery.
Pros: The Amazon Studios division of the tech giant is fast becoming a force in Hollywood, with original broadcast TV series such as "Transparent" and "Man in" the High Castle "- is headquartered in Santa Monica.
Cons: It's an expensive place to live, a difficult place to build and, like Denver, it does not offer much geographical diversity of Seattle.