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News: Conversation With LaHood, Cincinnati Streetcar Fight, Montana Coal Train Worries, Chattanooga Bike Share, Maine City Vs. Subsurbs

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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National: Improving DOT - Conversation with Ray LaHood

Washington Post (via Streetsblog DC)


The idea that you engage employees and not only listen but follow through is central to the idea of building a relationship. I've met with all the employees in every department...

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Cincinnati: City Strikes Back in Streetcar Fight

Cincinnati Enquirer


The spat between Cincinnati and its bus company continued Wednesday, with city leaders promising in writing they won't use transit funds for the streetcar, but giving the bus system only one month's operating money...

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Montana: Residents Worry About Coal Train

Transportationist


Even in the wide open plains of Southeastern Montana, there's not enough land to go around, not when the rights of local ranchers clash with global energy ambitions of a coal mining company...

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Chattanooga: Bike Share System Expanding

Times Free Press


The city of Chattanooga's Bicycle Transit System has increased its pedal power with two new stations installed and more bikes added at an existing station...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

New York: Gardeners Fight With Neighbors

New York Times (via @tdechant)


JASON HELVENSTON was at work on his second crop, spreading compost to fertilize the carrots, bok choy, kale and dozens of other vegetables he grows organically on his property in Orlando, Fla., when the trouble began...

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Maine: Is City Losing Out to Suburbs in Funding

Bangor Daily News (via SGA Blog)


Nearly all of Maine's population growth in the last decade, as well as nearly 70 percent of the state's economic activity, has taken place in metropolitan areas...

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Seattle: Amazon Buys Denny Triangle Blocks

Seattle Times


Amazon.com's planned Denny Triangle highrise office complex took another big step closer to reality Thursday. The fast-growing online retailer closed on its much-anticipated purchase of the three-block site. ..

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