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News: LA Mayor Part II, Phoenix LRT Freeway Extension, Chicago's Transit Friendly Burbs, LA Grand Park

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.
TRANSPORT

Los Angeles: Villaraigosa Part II

LA Streetsblog


One of the major themes of Streetsblog's recent interview with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the timeline for transit expansion. Rather than an outline of when projects would be completed, we sought to chronicle the policy switch from moving cars to a true pro-transit agenda...

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Phoenix: Region Gets OK to Run LRT in Freeway Median

Arizona Republic


Valley Metro crossed a major hurdle Wednesday when it received approval to start designing an 11-mile extension of the region's light-rail network westward out of downtown Phoenix...

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Chicago: Transit Friendly Suburbs of Chicago

Chicago Tribune


La Grange, Wilmette and Arlington Heights were ranked at the top of a list of Chicago's "transit-friendliest" suburbs, based on convenience for commuters to walk to train stations, the frequency of Metra trains and nearby amenities, according to a study released Wednesday...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

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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Research: Rescue Geography and Place Making

Urban Studies Journal


This paper brings together two previously disengaged literatures on affect and place in order to investigate the importance of embodiment in transforming spaces into places...

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Boise: Questions for the Mayor

Boise Weekly


Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is a true hometown boy. Born and raised in Boise, Bieter spent time in the Idaho State Legislature before setting up shop in the Mayor's Office after a come-from-behind victory in his first campaign...

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Vancouver: New Director to Implement City's Vision

Vancouver Sun


After an extensive inter-national search in which it received 108 applications from all over the world, the City of Vancouver had to go no further than the municipality next door to hire a new general manager and director of planning...

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