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News: Las Vegas Monorail Lessons, Nonprofit Transit, Houston Walkability, Housing Discrimination, Renting Foreclosures, Urban Tree Decline

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

Las Vegas: Why the Bus System Passed Monorail

M Live


Imagine if you will a city seeking to expand its transit options. A group of private business interest purpose building a privately-funded rail line designed to connect key attractions along the city's main thoroughfare...

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Research: Potential for Nonprofit Transit

TRB TRID


Virtually all US transit operations are managed and funded by a public agency. In Europe, for-profit franchises have been awarded, but the privatization of US transit and rail services has become a politicized and controversial issue...

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National: Residents Look at Ways to Bring Walkability

Transportation Nation


With his giant yellow tape measure, walkability expert Dan Burden darted into Houston's Navigation Boulevard. It's a shady street in an old neighborhood east of downtown, with two lanes in each direction and a grassy median...

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National: Will There Ever Be a Long Term HWY Bill?

National Journal


Things aren't looking so good for a comprehensive or long-term surface transportation bill this year. After news broke last week that House Republicans were backing off of a five-year $260 billion highway/energy bill, the best case scenario for legislation lies with the Senate's two-year, $109 billion proposal...

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International: Should We Feel Sorry for Carless? No

Guardian UK


A teenage member of my extended family asked the other day: "What are you doing, Uncle Michael?" "I'm darning a sock," I explained benignly without going into further detail about the early austerity that my generation took for granted...

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San Francisco: City to Adopt Bike Parking Standards

San Francisco Chronicle


San Francisco's latest proposal to increase bicycle commuting in San Francisco would allow employees to park their bikes at work..

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Vancouver BC: High Rise Splits the Neighborhood 

Vancouver Sun


A proposed highrise development at Kingsway and Broadway is being both praised as a model of dense and sustainable urbanism and denounced as a way-too-tall monolith that will escalate gentrification in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant...

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San Francisco: Salesforce Halts Major Office Project

San Francisco Chronicle


The America's Cup isn't the only major San Francisco project to make an abrupt left turn on Monday. Salesforce.com is putting on hold its plans for a 2 million-square-foot campus in the Mission Bay neighborhood, a company spokesman said Monday evening...

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National: B of A Charged with Housing Discrimination 

Washington Post


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development charged Bank of America Corp. on Monday with discriminating against three disabled borrowers in Michigan and Wisconsin...

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National: Bid to Turn Foreclosures into Rental Housing

Washington Post


The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Monday that it will begin taking bids from investors to buy clusters of foreclosed properties and turn them into rentals...

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National: Urban Tree Canopy Declining

Baltimore Sun


Trees are losing ground to pavement in many U.S. cities, Baltimore included, according to a new federal study. Tree cover in urban areas is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. ..

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