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News: DC Buys Oregon Streetcars, Transit Fueled DC Suburbs, Boise Streetcar Promotion, TOD Suburban Impact

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.

DC: City Buying Third Streetcar from Oregon Iron

Washington Business Journal

The District has tacked on a third streetcar to its contract with Oregon Iron Works Inc., despite reports out of the west coast that the company is behind schedule on jobs for other clients...

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DC: Transit Fueled DC Suburbs

Transportation Nation

Mount Pleasant, Anacostia, LeDroit Park...all three a part of our nation's capital, are probably not the first names that come to mind when one thinks of the D.C. suburbs. But these three neighborhoods actually comprised the District's earliest 'burbs...

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National: Pneumatic Transit in the 1870s

Scientific American

In 1870, construction of the first underground railway started and ended with Ely Beach Pneumatic Transit (check out this awesome post by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics for greater explanation of the topic). Construction was undertaken in secret, under the guise of creating postal tunnels...

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Boise: Transport Secretary Promotes Boise Streetcar

Boise Weekly

Transportation was a major focus for the City of Boise Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited The City of Trees, stopping at a Boise-based locomotive manufacturing facility with Boise officials on board for the tour...

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Research: Impact of TOD on Suburban Areas


This paper will present the project efforts of a project analyzing the largest transit oriented development (TOD) development effort underway in Connecticut. Being undertaken by several developers in the South End of Stamford, Connecticut..

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Research: How Much Parking is Too Much?


We all know that Transit Oriented Developments can provide great benefits to cities and their communities by reducing the need for private car usage. However, planning TODs is problematic because some of their transport characteristics are not well documented and understood...

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Los Angeles: How LA Got One of Largest US Urban Parks


The recent premiere of downtown L.A.'s Grand Avenue Park and the continuing debate over the public use of Pershing Square has returned attention to a longstanding criticism of Los Angeles: its relative lack of parkland within the city limits...

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International: Urban Gardening Greens JoBurg Rooftops

Christian Science Monitor

In South Africa, the Tlhago Primary Agricultural Cooperative teaches urban youths gardening skills, educates them about climate change, and empowers them to take practical actions...

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Phoenix: Mesa to Annex GM Desert Proving Ground

Arizona Republic

Within a few days, Mesa is likely to grow by almost a square mile. That land is currently home to zero people. But over the next few years it's expected to fill in with homes, businesses and, in at least one spot, a high-density urban core...

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International: Lagos' Ambitious Plans


For decades, residents in Makoko have boarded wooden canoes to navigate through a labyrinth of narrow waterways crisscrossing a floating shanty town perched on stilts above Lagos Lagoon's murky canals...

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