Hey Amazon, will you marry me?
That’s how Merrimack Valley did it this week as cities across the country proposed their communities as the site for Amazon’s second headquarters.
For Merrimack Valley, north of Boston, getting “merri’d” to Amazon — as they put it — seems like a reasonable proposal.
“We understand that we’re not the only one vying for your hand. And we’re, perhaps, the last one you thought you’d get hitched to,” the proposal states. “But isn’t that how some of the most beautiful relationships begin?”
The region, which is located along the Merrimack River, includes five suburban towns and cities: North Andover, Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, and Methuen. It is 28 miles from Boston, 228 miles from New York City, and 238,900 miles from the Moon, the same distance — the proposal points out, using questionable logic — as the Moon’s distance from Seattle.
But before they jump into marriage, Merrimack Valley knows it has to make some vows.
The region is promising Amazon its own international airport, water supply, and intermodel commuter station. It also vows to deliver a community “that’s all on the same page” and “an (almost) blank canvas of a site.”
And though Amazon hasn’t yet said, “I do,” Merrimack Valley is already hoping you’ll save the date.
“Save the Date,” Page 22 of the proposal states. “A Spring 2018 Wedding is Planned.”Felicia Gans can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.