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Amazon discussions lead to speculation that northern Virginia is HQ2 frontrunner

Amazon.com Inc. has held “advanced discussions” about opening its second headquarters in Arlington, Va., according to The Washington Post.

Guesses about where the new headquarters, or HQ2, would land have included Boston, Newark, N.J. and New York City, which reportedly offered to rename a polluted waterway in honor of the tech giant.

See:New York said to woo Amazon: Bring HQ2 and we’ll rename a toxic creek after you

However, the talks about Arlington have been “more detailed” than those about other locations, the Washington Post reports, which has led to speculation that it is the frontrunner.

Sources tell the paper that the top real estate developer in Crystal City, JBG Smith Properties JBGS, +0.00% , has taken some properties off of the market in preparation for an announcement.

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