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News: Federal Transpo Extension, Twin Cities LRT Extension, Caltrain Electrification, Easing Calif. Enviro Rules For HSR, City Heat Stress

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.

National: House GOP is Back to 90 Day Extension

DC Streetsblog

Another day, another another twist in the House's efforts to pass a transportation bill. Yesterday's postponed vote on a 60-day extension had initially been rescheduled for tonight, but that too will be scrapped, making it the third time the House has punted a vote on an extension in as many days...

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National: LaHood - Boehner Needs to Lead

The Hill

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), telling him to "step up and show a little leadership" in the debate over a new federal highway bill...

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Twin Cities: Business Leaders Will Fight for Line

Minnesota Public Radio

Both the House and Senate have failed to include the Southwest light rail line from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis on a list of recommended projects. Top Republicans in the House and Senate say they have concerns about the cost of building and operating the $1.25 billion line. ..

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National: Pols Tiptoe Around Toll Plan

Transportation Nation

Rejoicing. Also dread. That's the response from transportation advocates to the latest funding vote from the leadership of New York's transit system...

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San Jose: MTC Approves Caltrain Electrification

San Jose Mercury News

Bay Area transportation leaders on Wednesday approved the region's deal with the state to split the $1.5 billion cost to electrify the Caltrain line that would ultimately be shared with statewide bullet trains...

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Twin Cities: Senate Bond Bill Spurs Twin Cities

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The biggest items on the Twin Cities' wish lists didn't make it into the Senate's $496 million borrowing bill, released Wednesday...

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Los Angeles: Easing HSR Environmental Rules

Los Angeles Times

California's bullet train authority and representatives of the Brown administration are exploring ways to relax environmental review procedures on the massive project to help meet a tight construction schedule, The Times has learned...

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Los Angeles: Rail Returns to the Westside


When the long-awaited Expo Line opens on April 28, riders will be retracing a historic route through the city. Although its tracks, signals, and power lines are all new, much of the light rail line's right-of-way dates to 1875...

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International: Housing Project Becomes Beacon

New York Times (via Streetsblog)

Hard by the noisy highway, overlooking a cemetery and a former garbage dump, La Tour Bois-le-Prêtre glimmers on a spring morning. Sheathed in a fresh cloak of glass balconies and corrugated aluminum panels, it rises on the edge of this city amid a landscape of decaying cement-and-brick housing blocks...

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International: El Raval, Barcelona - Historical Process

Urban Times

Meaning the "suburbs" in Arabic, and derived from the word Rabadan, Raval is a part of the Ciutat de Vella, which has a texture of the Middle Age; where the grid system consisting of tetragonal islands creates open spaces between each other...

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Research: Growth Effects of Regional Policy in Germany

Annals of Regional Science (Abstract)

Private investment subsidies are a key instrument for regional policy making to foster the economic development in lagging regions. In this paper, we analyze their effect on labor productivity growth for German labor market regions for the period from 1994 to 2006...

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International: World Cities Will Expand Faster


Cities worldwide are on track to expand by nearly 580,000 square miles - more than twice the size of Texas - in less than 20 years, according to experts at a major international science conference...

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International: More Heat Stress Coming to Cities?

Phys Org

For the first time, scientists have conducted a global study of the effects persistent heatwaves can have on cities. The results reveal that the frequency of summer heat stress could increase more sharply in cities than in the surrounding rural areas...

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Boise: City's New Urban Ag Rules

Idaho Statesman

The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club started out with 35 members in 2008. These days, membership has grown to 250 with many more people attending club meetings and classes...

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International: Rome's Mayor - No More Skyscrapers


"My intention is to call a real popular referedum" on the plan to build skyscrapers in suburban Rome. "The referendum could be called concomitantly with municipal elections so as to guarantee real popular attendance"..

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