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News: Seattle's Slow Rapid Bus, DC Parking Limits, Michigan Car Fee, Legislation & Urban Form, Exxon's Move To Burbs

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.

Seattle: Rapid Buses Not So Fast to Ballard

Seattle Times

While the new RapidRide bus mostly lives up to its name in West Seattle, passengers on its sister route to Ballard are routinely stuck in traffic...

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San Antonio: O'Toole Enters the Local Streetcar Fight

San Antonio Express News

As opponents to San Antonio's planned streetcar system ratcheted up their attacks Wednesday, enlisting the help of an Oregon-based transportation researcher nationally known for his ardent objections to such projects, VIA Metropolitan Transit issued a swift and ferocious response that again threw the debate into the spotlight...

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Des Moines: Rapid Buses on Priority List

Des Moines Register

Public transit officials outlined key legislative priorities and received feedback on recent bus route changes Tuesday during their first meeting at the region's new bus station...

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DC: Plans to Limit Visitor Parking, Discourage Driving

Washington Post

District officials are reserving thousands of on-street parking spaces for residents on weekdays in the city's most crowded neighborhoods, part of an aggressive effort to limit spots for visitors...

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Michigan: State Senate Passes Transit Bill, Car Fee

Detroit News

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed long-stalled legislation creating a Metro Detroit regional transit authority, but new property taxes and vehicle fees to fund public transportation projects remain controversial as the five-bill package heads to the House...

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Tampa: LRT Unlikely to Come to Pasco County Now

Tampa Tribune

The potential for light rail in Pasco County is looking less likely now that Hillsborough County and Tampa officials are considering nixing a rail line along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard...

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Washington DC: Valuable Parcel for Development Opens 

Washington City Paper

It may not look like much, but this is one of D.C.'s most valuable pieces of vacant land, and it's up for grabs. This morning, officials from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development held a so-called preresponse conference on the vacant city-owned parcel at 965 Florida Ave...

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Research: Influence of Legislation on Urban Form

Urban Studies Journal

This paper investigates the role that property titling legislation has had on the form of high-density residential development. A conceptual framework is developed for theorising the role of property legislation in moderating the impact of urban land use policy...

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National: Benefits of Large Trees in Urban Areas

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeggers may not realize this, but their city is home to a number of unique record-holding collections. The biggest Ukrainian-language book collection outside Ukraine is housed in the city's Oseredok Cultural Centre...

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Tampa: Mass Transit Underpins Urban Core Master Plan

Tampa Tribune

Twenty years ago, 600 people lived in downtown Tampa - half of them in the Morgan Street Jail. Today, downtown is home to thousands of people, none of them inmates. The city's new residents live in high-rises in the business and channel districts. They work in nearby office towers, attend festivals at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and jog along Bayshore Boulevard...

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National: A Review of Jeff Speck's Walkable City

Washington City Paper

An elderly woman is walking down a several-mile stretch of treeless road. Cars whiz by, going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. It's broiling out. If a car hits and kills her, the cause of death would be ruled vehicular trauma. If she died of heat stroke, the cause of death would be heat stroke...

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Baltimore: Land Planning Boring Until It Affects You

Baltimore Sun

Sometimes it's the cause of some of the most passionate discussions, rhetorical brawls and long-term grudges in local politics. It's at the root of the Walmart controversy affecting Abingdon and Bel Air...

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Houston: Exxon's Move to Burbs Brings Mixed Use Ring

Houston Chronicle

Surrounding a huge corporate campus under construction for Exxon Mobil, a developer is creating a community it says will be "a true live, work, play environment" that will have jobs, homes and amenities from the day it opens...

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International: Buildings Be More Beautiful Than Nature?

Guardian UK (via @hankdittmar)

"The built environment can be more beautiful than nature," planning minister Nick Boles will announce on Wednesday night, no doubt unleashing the furious wrath of environmentalists, conservationists and any Newsnight viewers who enjoy walking in the countryside...

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