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News: National Freight Strategy Fight, Useful Road Diets, National TOD Outlook, DC Downtown Drives Pop Growth, Wal Mart Green Roof

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: A Plan for Freight and a Fight

National Journal Transportation Experts

The administration on Thursday took a step toward creating a national freight strategy and toward a likely debate over the details. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday announced the launch of the national Freight Policy Council..

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San Francisco: Road Diets a Useful Tool

San Francisco Examiner (via @streetsblogsf)

Like anyone who has overindulged, San Francisco's streets sometimes benefit from a diet. But instead of eschewing fatty foods, roads can become healthier by reducing traffic lanes, widening sidewalks, adding bike paths and greening medians...

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Denver: Boulder Looks to Expand Transit Use

Daily Camera

Boulder residents and workers continue to get out of their cars and onto bikes and buses, but progress in reducing vehicle-miles is lagging behind the city's goals...

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Interview: The National TOD Outlook


Members of ULI's Transit-Oriented Development Council discuss the prospects for development around transit nodes-and the obstacles that remain. What are the prospects for transit-oriented development [TOD] in the next couple of years? ..

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Research: Do Natural Disasters Accelerate Decline

Planning and Design Journal (Abstract) 

This study examines the impact of an abrupt catastrophic natural disaster on residential property vacancy and abandonment. Using the discrete-time hazard model with parcel-level land-use data in Miami-Dade County, Florida, from two years prior to and eight years after Hurricane Andrew...

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Charlotte: Food Trucks Allowed for DNC

Charlotte Observer (via @mamakoid)

Where will you get food during the Democratic National Convention? Two more sources were announced Thursday, both involving the Charlotte Area Transit System: a food vendor lineup during the DNC, and a new mobile produce market that will stick around after the visitors leave...

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DC: Downtown Drives City's Population Growth

Washington Business Journal

More than half of the District's roughly 30,000 new residents over the past decade chose to live downtown as development there boomed, attracting scores of urban professionals, according to an analysis by the city's Office of Revenue Analysis, the Washington Examiner reported...

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Portland: Wal Mart Will Have Largest Green Roof in City

Daily Journal of Commerce

Ground is scheduled to be broken today on a project to add a 90,000-square-foot Walmart store in North Portland, and company and city officials are excited about what will be on top...

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International: Silver Lining in Kolkata's Decline

Wall Street Journal

On vacation in Kolkata this past week, I have walked more than I have in an entire year in Gurgaon, exploring streets and alleys that I hadn't seen before, and admiring the colonial bungalows and latticed-verandahs of century-old multi-storied buildings...

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