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News: CAHSR Engineering Oversight, Detroit Streetcar Gets Fed Funds, Modeling Travel Behavior, Multifamily Streetcar TOD, Urban Design & Health

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.

California: Engineers Questions HSR Oversight

San Jose Mercury News

As California prepares to embark on its largest public works project in decades, a union that represents state engineers is questioning whether all the construction work will be thoroughly scrutinized...

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Blogosphere: Detroit Streetcar Project Wins Fed Funding


The U.S. government has backed a community-led light rail project in Detroit, pledging $25 million to kickstart construction of the new network...

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Research: Modeling Travel Behavior and Sense of Place

Journal of Transport Geography (Abstract)

Understanding the way in which people conduct their daily activities is the central focus of travel behavior modelers. This often requires an understanding of the way in which people interact with their surroundings...

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Kansas City: City Tries to Entice Multifamily to Streetcar

Kansas City Business Journal

Feb. 15 is the deadline for downtown multifamily developers to apply for as much as $2 million from Kansas City to finance more housing stock within the city's streetcar zone..

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Bay Area: Contra Costa to Get a Bit of Density

San Francisco Business Times (Paywall) 

In the next year, construction crews will start work on several hundred apartment units in Lafayette and Walnut Creek. The projects set to break ground promise to inject the East Bay cities with a heavy dose of urbanism - higher density buildings close to transit that promote pedestrian activity...

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Twin Cities: Plans Create Dinkytown Showdown

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A development boom reaching into the University of Minnesota's Dinkytown area has ignited efforts to protect the neighborhood's vibrant fabric of small storefronts and eclectic businesses that have catered to generations of students...

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National: How Urban Design Affects Our Health

Globe and Mail

As a behavioural psychologist, James Sallis started out trying to understand how to motivate people to become more physically active. But, like many of his colleagues, he soon found that whatever worked only worked a little, on a few people, for a short time...

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