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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.

Dallas: Expect Gargantuan Jump in DART Ridership

Dallas Morning News

Watch for a massive jump in DART's light-rail ridership figures in the days ahead. The transit system is switching from a visual counting method to a system that relies on infrared sensors over the doors on rail cars (otherwise known as automated passenger counters)...

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Cleveland: Shaker Blvd Named Great Street by APA

Cleveland Plain Dealer

The American Planning Association has honored Greater Cleveland by designating Shaker Boulevard one of its 10 Great Streets for 2012 as part of the organizations Great Places in America program...

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International: Local Authorities Still Pay for Subways

Market Watch

More urban transit projects have been added to China's economic development agenda as a deus ex machina solution in the face of slowing gross domestic product growth...

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International: Planners Learn From Older Dubai Districts

The National

It is one of the oldest areas of Dubai, but Bastakiya may yet yield fresh lessons for modern urban developers. The shaded, narrow streets of the district are several degrees cooler than average temperatures elsewhere in the city..

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National: Loss of Redevelopment Adds to California Pain

Thomson Reuters

California cities face not only familiar financial challenges but new ones posed by the loss of redevelopment agencies at a time of growing concern about strained budgets...

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Vancouver: Mayor Won't Force Thin Streets

Vancouver Courier

A recommendation included in the city's new affordable housing plan to add homes to corner lots and create so-called thin streets won't go ahead without "community buy-in," says Mayor Gregor Robertson...

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Los Angeles: Scientists Mapping LA's GHG Sources

Los Angeles Times

Climate scientists are creating a three-dimensional carbon dioxide emissions map of the city of Los Angeles that will detail greenhouse gas emissions for individual buildings, road segments and power generators over time...

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National: Slime Mold Has Spatial Memory

National Geographic

The living slime that may have been the muse for the 1958 science-fiction film The Blob just got creepier: Evidence has emerged that slime mold, a brainless single-celled organism, has a form of memory...

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Denver: Wal-Mart Pulls Out of Denver Plans

Denver Post

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Tuesday it will not be part of the 9th and Colorado redevelopment project, ending a tumultuous, nearly four-month battle between developer Jeff Fuqua and neighbors who opposed the giant retailer...

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National: 530 Charged with Mortgage Fraud

New York Times

Federal investigators have charged 530 people accused of defrauding more than 73,000 homeowners around the country who fell behind on mortgage payments, leaving them vulnerable to con artists offering to help them avoid foreclosure...

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National: US Sues Wells Fargo Over Mortgages


Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) was sued by the U.S. for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages over claims the bank made reckless mortgage loans that caused losses for a federal insurance program when they defaulted...

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International: Innovative Funding for Poor Communities

Guardian UK

Rose Molokoane, who helps allocate millions of dollars to urban improvement projects around the world, lives in a South African informal settlement...

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New York: Blighted Land Held by Insider for 17 Years 

New York Times

In 1995, a Bronx Democratic Party power broker and judge-maker named Stanley Schlein gathered up two politically connected friends and embarked on a treasure hunt. ..

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