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News: Honolulu $1.55B FTA Grant, NYC BRT Vision, Science Of Cities, Mapping Boston Gas Leaks, Seattle Zoning Experiment

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.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.

Honolulu: FTA to Sign $1.55B Grant

Progressive Railroading

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) will sign a full funding grant agreement (FFGA) with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to provide $1.55 billion for the construction of the Honolulu Rail Transit project, according to congressional notification sent to the Senate Committee on Appropriations...

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New York: Why NYC Has Second Tier Bus System

Capital New York

By the evening after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, some New York City buses had starting running again. The governor and mayor set aside special lanes on streets and bridges just for them. A bus caravan ferried commuters from downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan...

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National: The Science of Cities, Concrete Jungle


Nathan Phillips steps out onto the roof of Boston's Prudential Tower and looks down at the city 50 stories below. Up here, the rush of the wind has replaced the cacophony of car horns, screeching brakes and conversations filling the streets...

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San Francisco: Transbay Board OKs $190M Land Deal

San Francisco Business Times

After five years of negotiations, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors has finalized the agreement to sell TJPA property to Hines Corp. for approximately $190 million...

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Boston: Mapping Gas Leaks from Boston's Aging Pipes

New York Times Dot Earth

Most concerns about environmental impacts and other risks from leaking natural gas have focused on the fast-expanding production end of America's vast system of wells, compressors and pipelines...

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Cleveland: First Biocellar to Be Built

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jean Loria looks up at a crumbling, 112-year-old home on East 66th Street and in it sees Cleveland's future. More specifically, the permaculture designer sees the world's first "biocellar," a term she coined in 2006 to describe her idea of reusing abandoned homes by carefully tearing them down, then reinforcing the existing basement and topping it with a slanted, greenhouselike roof that would make it possible to grow crops inside. ..

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Seattle: Could SLU Become Victim of Own Success?

Daily Journal of Commerce

Booming South Lake Union has become a testing ground for policy in fast-growing urban neighborhoods. The Seattle City Council is contemplating an incentive zoning program proposed by Mayor Mike McGinn that would more than double height limits and allow 240-foot towers to rise near the shore of Lake Union...

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