It looks like Amazon has recruited Alexa for its plan to rename an entire neighborhood in Virginia
- Virginia residents were puzzled when Amazon announced Tuesday that National Landing, Virginia was chosen as the site of one of its giant new "HQ2" offices.
- Reporter Jordyn Phelps tweeted a video late Tuesday afternoon of an Echo Dot — one of many Amazon devices that is powered by Alexa — being asked what National Landing is.
- While National Landing didn't exist before Tuesday, the website for northern Virginia's HQ2 bid provides a bit of insight into why Amazon chose the new moniker.
- National Landing consists of what the site calls three "connected urban districts": Crystal City and Pentagon City in Arlington, and Potomac Yard in Alexandria.
- The page says that National Landing boasts 17 million square feet of existing commercial space, along with 150 acres of land that's free for development — plenty of space for Amazon to build a new headquarters.
Here is where Amazon could develop its HQ2 in New York and Virginia
- The company has officially announced that it will divide its second headquarters, or HQ2, between two locations: Long Island City in Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia.
- Buried within the copy of the blog post and official documents, a specific set of blocks was highlighted as the area that the company's headquarters could occupy.
- In Long Island City, the documents designate a few blocks along the water where Amazon will plan to build its large new office.
- The state and city have not yet released an agreement with Amazon on an exact site for the newly created National Landing area, which combines parts of Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yards.
- According to a press release from the the city of Arlington, Amazon's first phase of development in the area will be in the Pentagon City and Crystal City areas.
We asked real estate experts where Amazon's HQ2 could go in Long Island City, Queens — here's what they said
- The two locations — the National Landing area of Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City, Queens — are each expected to receive around 25,000 new employees and $25 billion in economic investment.
- Prior to the announcement, Amazon floated a few requirements for the "campus or park" that would house its future headquarters: a 100-acre greenfield site, an existing building with at least 500,000 square feet of real estate, an infill site, or some combination of these choices.
- In May, New York City announced an estimated $10 billion plan to start developing in Sunnyside, a middle-class neighborhood in the Western portion of Queens.
- Plaxall Realty has also put forward a plan for a 15-acre waterfront neighborhood in Anable Basin featuring nearly 1.5 million square feet of office, retail, arts, and cultural space.
Satterley warns 5000 Melbourne housing lots to be resold, prices to fall 10pc
- Melbourne housing lot prices will "quickly" tumble up to 10 per cent as Uber-driving speculators and foreign investors default on thousands of sales contracts, Financial Review Rich Lister Nigel Satterley has warned.
- He said Satterley Property Group, which has captured about 10 per cent of the Melbourne land market, had deliberately steered clear of selling lots to speculators and foreign investors and has capped its defaults to less than 3 per cent, a figure it expected would rise to about 5 per cent.
- As median lot prices have surged to $350,000, Mr Satterley has grown increasingly concerned about the emergence of a secondary sales market in Melbourne fuelled by speculators hailing predominantly from the Middle East, Sri Lanka, south-east Asia and China (according to Satterley) who have in some cases pooled credit cards to buy housing lot contracts and then sought to sell them for profit on classifieds website Gumtree.
Ancient genomics is recasting the story of the Americas’ first residents
- An analysis of genomes from dozens of ancient inhabitants of North and South America, who lived as long ago as 11,000 years — one of the largest troves of ancient DNA from the region studied so far — suggest that the populations moved fast and frequently.
- But this timeline was based on a small number of ancient genomes from the Americas, and scientists expected that further data would paint a much more detailed and complex picture of the continents’ early history, as well as reveal later migrations in the region.
- For instance, Reich’s team found that the genetic signal of the earliest inhabitants, closely related to the Anzick boy, had largely vanished from later South Americans, suggesting that different groups had by then moved in from the north.