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News: Detroit LRT Optimism, Toronto Parking Levy, 3 Month Fed Transpo Extension, Berkeley Downtown Plan, Portland Housing

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.

Detroit: LaHood Still Optimistic About Woodward

Detroit News

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he is optimistic the M-1 Woodward Avenue light-rail project can still go forward, despite concerns raised by the federal government about the project's feasibility...

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Toronto: Parking Levy to Fund Subway Proposed

Globe and Mail

Toronto should implement a commercial parking levy and dedicate the $100-million it could raise annually to transit, including a subway extension to Scarborough, the city's budget chief says. ..

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National: Mica Plans to Unveil Extension

DC Streetsblog

Two press releases from the House seem to indicate that members have emerged from recess intending to do something other than nothing. The first is from Transportation and Infrastructure chairman John Mica:..

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National: GOP to Push 3 Month Extension

Transportation Nation

House Republicans, still adrift on how to reauthorize national highway funding legislation, will now push a 3-month extension to avoid a shutdown of transportation programs after March 31...

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National: Early Checks Help Multifamily Units

Wall Street Journal

Scores of multifamily buildings across New York City fell into disrepair in the aftermath of the financial crisis, leaving thousands of residents living in substandard housing...

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Kansas: Old Mill Redevelopment on Schedule

Kansas City Star

The old flour mill continues to come down in North Kansas City, making room for what officials hope will be a mixed-use development. Officials expect the old Archer Daniels Midland flour mill facility, built in 1910 near what is now the intersection of Interstate 29/35 and Armour Road/Missouri 210, to be completely demolished by early summer...

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Berkeley: City Gets a New Downtown Plan


After hundreds of meetings, seven years of contentious debate, and the sting of a ballot referendum still fresh, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night adopted a new plan for its downtown...

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Portland: URA Could Spur Affordable Housing

Daily Journal of Commerce

Portland Housing Bureau officials believe Mayor Sam Adams' proposed urban renewal area around Portland State University could significantly aid efforts to provide affordable housing downtown...

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National: Supercharging Economic Development


Two nights before the Super Bowl, I walked among throngs of people in downtown Indianapolis thinking, unnaturally perhaps, not about whether the Patriots or Giants would win the big game but about what makes big cities truly super ones...

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