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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.
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California: Democrats Legislature Majority and HSR

San Jose Mercury News


One of the fallouts from last week's election is virtual carte blanche for Democrat legislators in California. Since they appear to have secured veto-proof and Republican-proof supermajorities in both the Assembly and Senate, they can do pretty much whatever they want...

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Vancouver: In Urgent Need of Transit Upgrades

Vancouver Sun


Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson joined municipal leaders from across the country Tuesday in asking the federal government for an additional $2.5 billion a year for the next two decades to deal with crumbling infrastructure they say threatens the country's competitive edge...

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Dallas: DART To Open Two Extensions in December

Railway Track and Structures


In Dallas, Texas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) 4.5-mile Blue Line extension from Downtown Garland Station to the new Downtown Rowlett Station will open Dec. 3...

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Kansas City: Wasting $600M on Sprawl Infrastructure

Kansas City Star


The $600 million Johnson County Gateway is the project from hell, supposedly paved with good intentions. This monstrosity of road construction is a multi-year plan to widen Interstate 35, Interstate 435 and Kansas 10, and to expand interchanges and add flyovers where these roads come together...

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California: CAHSR May Give Job Priority to Out of Work

Fresno Bee


Job-creation advocates in Fresno said they moved a step closer Wednesday to ensuring that local workers who need a job can compete for one building California's high-speed rail system...

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DC: Mayor Unveils 5 Year Econ Dev Strategy

Washington City Paper


Speaking this morning against a backdrop of construction on the CityMarket at O site in Shaw, Mayor Vince Gray laid out his ambitious five-year plan to bring jobs and economic growth to the city...

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Research: Does Employment Density Spur Job Switching

Annals of Regional Science


Inter-firm job switching of workers is a much cited but seldom measured source of the productivity advantages of spatial employment density. It has been advanced as a conduit for localized knowledge flows as well as labor market matching efficiency...

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Seattle: 24 Story Buildings for Lake Union

Seattle Times


A deal between the city of Seattle and Vulcan, Paul Allen's real-estate firm, is key to Mayor Mike McGinn's proposal to allow significantly taller buildings in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood...

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