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News: Rental Housing Demand, Travel Choices, Iowa Politics Ignores Cities, Dallas TOD Opportunity, Hawaii Rail, LA Parking

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.

National: Demand Driving Rental Construction

Wall Street Journal (via @johnlangem)


Residential construction surged in November, sparking cautious hope that the U.S. housing market is gaining traction. Housing starts hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units, the highest level in 19 months, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. ..

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Research: Older People's Everyday Travel Choices

TRB Blurbs


VTI (the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute) has released a report that explores how older women and men use public transport, and whether or not they are using other means of transport and what the basis for their choices is...

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National: Iowa Candidates Ignore The Urban Crisis

Salon


The Republican presidential primary has covered significant ground. Against a backdrop of Iowan cornfields, candidates have debated socialism, capitalism, immigration and American exceptionalism, and have even touched on the finer points of Shariah law and the Federalist Papers...

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Dallas: Rowlett Hopes Blue Line Means Development

NBC Dallas


Rowlett will have its first-ever Dallas Area Rapid Transit station one year from now. The light rail line will extend about five miles to downtown Rowlett from the Downtown Garland Station in December 2012...

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Hawaii: After 40 Year Fight, Rail in Hawaii

New York Times


From the farmlands here on the western side of Oahu, the hotels of Honolulu and the bluffs of Diamond Head can be seen rising 20 miles in the distance...

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National: Medellin's Urban Escalator System

Transportation Nation


The 12,000 residents of one hilly Medellin neighborhood used to climb the equivalent of 28 stories to get from the city center to their homes. But an arduous 30-minute walk has been transformed into a five-minute ride, with the installation of an urban escalator system.*..

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Los Angeles: Donald Shoup and LA Parking

Los Angeles Magazine (via Streetsblog LA)


That prized garage space or curbside spot you've been yearning for may be costing you-and the city-in ways you never realized. A journey into the world of parking, where meter maids are under siege, everybody's on the take, and the tickets keep on coming...

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Research: Ecoregional Planning

Journal of Planning Literature


Ecoregional planning-broadly defined here as planning for regions delineated by natural boundaries-seemed poised to prosper in the early 1970s. Faced with immense political and economic challenges, however, it subsequently transformed itself, taking a more collaborative, less regulatory tack...

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National: The Emergence of Megaregions

The Atlantic Cities


They didn't know it, but Dallas and Fort Worth were really ahead of their time. The two cities, separated by about 35 miles, had for many years been rivals, trying to outshine the other to bring in new businesses and building projects...

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National: Recession's Squeeze on Buses and Trains

New York Times


For the average American driver, the time wasted in traffic jams has more than doubled in 30 years. The best way of easing that gridlock - not to mention saving gas, curbing pollution and finally finishing that novel - is public transit...

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New York: City's Lost Subways

Transportation Nation


The New York City subway system has 842 miles of track, making it the largest in North America. And there's even more to it than riders see: dozens of tunnels and platforms that were either abandoned or were built but never used...

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National: Candidates Steer Clear of Transportation

Politico


Building roads and rails is central to President Barack Obama's economic recovery plans. Congressional leaders are calling new long-term surface transportation legislation this Congress's "jobs bill."..

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Research: Equity Considerations for Older Americans

AARP Public Policy Institute


This AARP Public Policy Institute report by Sandra Rosenbloom of the University of Arizona and AARP's Jana Lynott examines whether current and proposed transportation funding sources at all three levels of government are in some way inequitable for low-income people, rural residents, people with disabilities, or older adults...

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