A city near you, maybe even yours, may be bidding to host Amazon’s famed “HQ2,” the second headquarters for which it wants big local tax breaks from the lowest bidder. Or maybe Amazon workers at a distribution center around you are on strike, or complaining about poor working conditions.

Either way, the retail giant is poised to get a lot closer to home, as Katie Parker explains this week. That could mean bad news for local businesses, but many cities are exploring bright ideas to invest in their own communities.

Of course, even behemoths can be beaten. As Negin Owliaei reports this week, residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania recently tuned back an effort by private prison giant Geo Group to set up shop in their community. In addition to protecting local tax dollars, it’s a part of a larger trend of rural communities standing up for their immigrant neighbors, which Justin Vest says more about this week.

Also this week, Chuck Collins and Helen Flannery explain how wealthy individuals and corporations are creating ways to claim huge charitable tax donations, potentially without supporting any actual charities. Jill Richardson argues that organic food thrives on regulation. And Khalil Bendib imagines a fitting new monument for the current era: the Statue of Infamy.

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