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News: Interview With LA Mayor, Pike Streetcar, Roadbuilder Politics, Atlanta Sales Tax Push, Denver Commuter Plans

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.

Los Angeles: Interview with Villaraigosa

LA Streetsblog

The Mayor began our interview talking about a college student's commute from Downtown Los Angeles to California State University Northridge. The student leaves home early in the morning on a bike...

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Virginia: Arlington Board Endorses Pike Streetcar

Washington Post

The Arlington County Board early Tuesday endorsed building a 4.5-mile streetcar line along Columbia Pike from the Skyline area of Fairfax County to the Pentagon City Metro station...

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National: Roadbuilders Want Planks in Party Platforms

The Hill (via Streetsblog DC)

The Washington-based American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is calling on the Democratic and Republican parties to include language about transportation construction in their platforms when they convene in Charlotte and Tampa for their conventions. ..

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Atlanta: Business Behind Sales Tax Push

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia companies have poured millions of dollars into a campaign for a sales tax increase to fund transportation improvements, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions flowing from road builders..

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Denver: Denver Rethinks the Modern Commuter

Wall Street Journal (Paywall)

As Denver moves forward with a $7.4 billion expansion of its rail system, the city is looking to rectify what some see as a flaw in the original concept...

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Houston: County Tells Metro They Want to Keep Money

Houston Chronicle

Harris County Commissioners Court made it official Tuesday, passing a resolution calling on Metro to keep a quarter of its 1 percent sales tax flowing to road projects...

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Twin Cities: Apple Valley Seeks Skyway for BRT

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

Despite concerns that ridership projections may not justify the expense, the city of Apple Valley wants to spend $2.37 million to build a skyway connecting two bus rapid transit stations on busy Cedar Avenue...

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Minneapolis: Downtown Drowning in Parking Lots

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The fences, shrubs and trees that line the sidewalk on 5th Avenue S. do little to hide the vast parking lots that Chris Keimig considers blemishes on downtown Minneapolis...

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New York: A Small City Will Grow in the Bronx

New York Times

The industrial blocks along West Farms Road in the Bronx, hard up against the Cross Bronx Expressway to the north and the Sheridan Expressway to the east, do not look like a welcoming place for new development...

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International: Destroying Istanbul

New York Times Latitude

Here's a bit of hyperbole I'm prepared to defend: the Yenikapi district of Istanbul, located along the Sea of Marmara, is one of the most important historical sites on earth...

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Charlotte: LRT Factored Into Developers Decision


A $74 million deal has given an Atlanta-based developer another major presence in Charlotte. A large green cover is draped over the sign for the former Circle at South End at East Bland Street and South Boulevard...

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Los Angeles: Grand Park Inspires Hopes

Los Angeles Times

Officials envision the renovated space stretching from the Music Center to City Hall as a draw for both nearby residents and the region. Experts says it's an open question whether Grand Park will be widely embraced...

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