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News: A 'Why Bother' Highway Bill, TIGER Transit Benefit, Stockton Bankruptcy, Commuter Shed Maps, Privatizing Everything

Tracks News - In this section you'll find news from cities around the country as well as interviews and general reporting on issues.  It might be from a newspaper or a blog, but it counts as news.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.

National: Why Bother With a Weak Bill?

National Journal

Anyone who has been reading this blog in recent months knows that we have been obsessively following the intrigue surrounding the highway bill. This week marks another pivotal moment. ..

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National: Rogoff - TIGER Good Start for Transit Agencies


With transit ridership levels up in Chicago and around the country, access to affordable public transit that's clean, safe, reliable, and desirable is more important than ever...

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California: Stockton Near Bankruptcy

Wall Street Journal (Paywall)(via @bruce_katz)

Stockton, Calif., is set to declare bankruptcy as early as this week, according to local officials, a move that would make it one of the largest U.S. cities ever to file for reorganization...

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National: How and Why of Tall Buildings


A pair of Canadian skyscrapers have been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" towers due to their shapely form. In Abu Dhabi, twin towers are shielded from the sun by computer-controlled shading screens...

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National: Trulia's Commuter Shed Maps

Fast Company

Google Maps traffic displays can be handy in a pinch. But what if you're less interested in the commute on a particular street than getting around in a particular area?..

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Portland: City May Limit Developer Tax Exemptions

Portland Business Journals

The city of Portland will formally consider restricting the tax exemptions some developers receive on multi-unit and transit-oriented development programs...

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National: A City that Privatizes Everything

New York Times

IF your image of a city hall involves a venerable building, some Roman pillars and lots of public employees, the version offered by this Atlanta suburb of 94,000 residents is a bit of a shocker...

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National: Anything City Owns Be Fair Game for Ads?

New York Times (via @tedchant)

Should this city's red fire trucks be transformed into rolling billboards? After Baltimore officials made the wrenching decision to close three fire companies later this summer, the City Council initially sought to avert the cuts with a new money-raising strategy: it passed a resolution this month urging the administration to explore selling ads on the city's fire trucks...

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Omaha: City Council Thinks About Innovation Campus

Journal Star

Ready to roll. "We've got a campus to build," Urban Development Director David Landis told the City Council on Monday night in seeking approval for $10.7 million in tax-funded bonds to help launch development of Nebraska Innovation Campus at the former State Fairgrounds...

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National: Chinese Could Fund SF Housing Projects

Wall Street Journal

Lennar Corp. one of the U.S.'s largest home builders, is in talks with the China Development Bank for approximately $1.7 billion in capital to jump-start two long-delayed San Francisco projects that would transform two former naval bases into large-scale housing developments, according to people familiar with the discussions. ..

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International: Sweden Reinvents Planning Participation

Spatial News

Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, launches a unique 3D web service engaging citizens to contribute with ideas and suggestions for the development of the city. Citizens can explore the city in 3D on the web and interactively propose projects based on the latest gaming technology...

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