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News: Virginia Streetcar Route, Transit & Economy, $1 Billion Sprawl Plans, Hitchhiking Carpools, Tampa Future Vision

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.
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Virginia: Route 1 Streetcar Wanted

WTOP


Arlington and Alexandria both want a streetcar line along Route 1 to link the Northern Virginia communities but the two are at odds over timing and tactics...

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Nashville: Transit Plans Drive Economy

Tennessean


My family has long recognized the impact transit has on development. My great-grandfather built his H.G. Hill Food Stores business by putting a grocery store everywhere the old Nashville streetcar stopped...

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Orange County: $1B Plan to Sprawl

OC Register (via Streetsblog LA)


South County will see a lot of 'more' in the next few years - more homes, more businesses, and yes, more traffic. As the region prepares for a population boom, $1 billion in transportation-related projects will expand roadways, lengthen roads and rebuild interchanges..

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New York: Hitchhiking's Time Has Come in Carpools 

New York Times (via @sfcityscape)


ONE of the more dramatic measures to keep New Yorkers moving after Hurricane Sandy's transit meltdown was mandatory car-pooling on bridges into Manhattan...

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North Carolina: Transit Will Take Time to Implement 

Chapel Hill News


The morning after voters approved a half-cent sales tax for bus and light rail, area officials were already talking about how to put the plans into motion...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Tampa: Vision for Tampa's Future Connects Downtown

Tampa Bay Times (via @otiswhite)


The story of Tampa begins on the water. Spanish conquistadors struggled to control where the Hillsborough River meets the bay. The harbor kept Tampa alive after the twin calamities of the hurricane of 1848 and the Civil War. As the century turned, Henry B. Plant brought his railroad to the water, giving birth to the city...

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Boston: Governor Patrick's 10K Housing Unit Initiative

Boston Globe


Governor Deval Patrick announced Tuesday a plan to produce 10,000 multi-family housing units a year in an effort to keep young, educated professionals in the Bay State...

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Twin Cities: Minneapolis' North Loop Building Plan

Minneapolis Star Tribune


With news surfacing recently about a 20-story office tower proposed for across from Target Field, it appears interest is perking up in commercial real estate circles for top-of-the line office space in the city's North Loop neighborhood...

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