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News: Regional Infrastructure Consensus, CAHSR Vote, Universities & Light Rail, Michigan Corridor Districts, Surviving De-Industrialization

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.
TRANSPORT

Research: Infrastructure and Regional Consensus

Papers in Regional Science (Abstract) 


Many regions face through-traffic that causes local negative externalities. Regions might respond by imposing user charges or investing in bypass transport infrastructure...

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Research: Network Effects of Transit Infrastructure

Papers in Regional Science (Abstract) 


In this paper we contribute to the empirical literature on the size of network effects of public infrastructures. A novel approach is introduced to this purpose...

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California: Bay Area Legislators Key to HSR

San Francisco Chronicle


When California's high-speed rail plan comes up for the big vote this week in Sacramento, there will be a lot more at stake for the Bay Area than just bullet trains to Los Angeles...

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Houston: Universities Envision Boost from Light Rail

Houston Chronicle


Sometime soon, Metro's Southeast light rail line could be ferrying thousands of people to and from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. Stations near the campuses may become hubs of restaurants, shops and new residential construction...

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Ann Arbor: Bill Allows Corridor Districts in Michigan

Ann Arbor Chronicle


An initiative aimed at revitalizing Washtenaw Avenue and improving conditions for motorists, pedestrians and transit riders just received a big boost from the state of Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law House Bill 5142 to allow four local municipalities to create a corridor improvement authority to encourage investment along the corridor...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

National: Google's Futuristic Map Plan

Reuters TV


The search giant sees a day when its mapping service is tailored to users' behavior, possibly even predicting where they want to go...

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Research: Surviving the Era of De-industrialization 

Journal of Urban Affairs (Abstract) 


This article details the transformation of the urban rust belt over the course of economic restructuring. It begins by building typologies of cities at the starting point of restructuring and by showing how cities vary in socioeconomic performance by the endpoint. ..

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Columbus: Rush to Rent, Build Apartments

Columbus Dispatch


The 5,000 apartments under development in central Ohio were of no help to Lindsay Earle and Courtney Georg. The roommates recently discovered that in popular parts of town, renters far outnumber apartments...

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Buffalo: Medical Campus Makes Metrorail Feel Needed

Buffalo News


The longest unrequited civic romance in Buffalo history is about to end. After nearly 30 years, demand finally will hook up with supply. Reality will catch up to concept. Progress will help a much-maligned civic spinster to realize its potential...

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New Jersey: State Approves $250m for Hub Tax Credit

New Jersey Biz


With the passage of a bill that would raise the cap on the Urban Transit Hub tax credit program, residential developers say they have renewed hope the state will reinstate the incentive for use in housing and mixed-use projects...

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