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News: Charlotte Transit Future, Ann Arbor Transit Plans, France-Italy HSR Effort, LA Streetcar Vote, Road Pricing Research, Business Tax Deal Price

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.
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Charlotte: A New Path for Charlotte Transit

Charlotte Business Journals (Paywall)


It's becoming clear the $119 million extension of the fledgling streetcar line may not survive the city's budgeting process. It's becoming equally clear that it might not matter...

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Ann Arbor: Rapid Transit Plans for Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor . com


What will the future of transit look like in Ann Arbor? For a boomerang-shaped area extending from the northeastern corner of the city through the center of town to Briarwood Mall, some hope there'll be a new high-capacity system of some kind...

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International: France/Italy Battle to Keep HSR on Track

AFP


Controversial plans for a 26-billion-euro high-speed rail link between France and Italy will be at the centre of talks between leaders of the two countries on Monday...

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Los Angeles: Downtown Streetcar Faces Crucial Vote

Los Angeles Times


Voting will conclude Monday in a special election on a streetcar proposal for downtown Los Angeles. The proposal before downtown residents calls for an assessment district to be created to help finance the $125-million project...

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Research: Road Pricing w Optimal Mass Transit

Journal of Urban Economics (Abstract) 


This paper considers the second-best policy problem that arises when auto travel is priced below its marginal cost and there is a substitute mass transit mode...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

National: Tax Deals Mean Governments Pay High Price

New York Times


In the end, the money that towns across America gave General Motors did not matter. When the automaker released a list of factories it was closing during bankruptcy three years ago, communities that had considered themselves G.M.'s business partners were among the targets. ..

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International: Are Garden Cities/New Towns the Answer

Guardian UK


A new generation of garden cities and new towns will be employed to boost UK housebuilding according to Nick Clegg, who detailed government plans for a competition to encourage the new settlements in a recent speech...

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National: Lawmaker Tackles Blight w Land Bank Bill

San Francisco Chronicle


A southern Indiana lawmaker wants to give communities across Indiana a new tool to address abandoned houses and blight...

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Research: Density and Labor Market Churn

Journal of Urban Economics (Abstract)


Workers change occupation and industry less often in more densely populated areas, a relationship that had not been previously reported...

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Research: Are Compact Cities Environmentally Friendly?

Journal of Urban Economics (Abstract)


There is a wide consensus among international institutions and national governments in favor of compact (i.e. densely populated) cities as a way to improve the ecological performance of the transport system...

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Research: City Energy Footprint from Land Use/Transport

Journal of Urban Economics (Abstract)


Urban land use and transportation policies have dramatic effects on the density and spatial distribution of residences in large cities...

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Research: Barcelona Spacial Structure, Suburbanization

Journal of Urban Economics (Abstract)


I investigate the effect of improvements to the transportation infrastructure on changes in location patterns of population in Barcelona, Spain between 1991 and 2006...

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Brisbane: Urban Spiders Get Bigger, Fuzzier

Brisbane Times


SPIDERS living in warmer urban environments are getting significantly bigger than their country cousins, who have less prey to choose from and expend more energy keeping warm...

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Los Angeles: Food Related Amenities in Developments

Los Angeles Times


If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, can builders and developers land home buyers via the same route? That may be something of a stretch, but food-related amenities are fast becoming a way to make today's new-home communities stand out from the competition...

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El Paso: Architects, Engineers Moving Downtown

El Paso Inc.


Carl Daniel Architects and engineering firm Parkhill Smith Cooper are moving their offices to Downtown El Paso, renovating buildings in the Union Plaza Entertainment District that have long been vacant...

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International: Development vs Preservation in China

Conde Nast Traveler


Far from the country's sprawling megalopolises and toxic mines are places of extraordinary natural beauty that international environmentalists, and now even the Chinese government, are working to protect...

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Houston: Why The City is Bustling

Investment News


Its tropical climate and poor air quality - basically, it's hot and humid, and smells bad - don't get Houston placed at the top of too many best-places-to-live rankings of U.S. cities. ..

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