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News: Charlotte LRT Vs. Streetcar, Making Game Of Transpo Planning, Cincinnati All Star Streetcar, More Protected Bike Lanes

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.

Charlotte: McCrory Holding LRT Over Streetcar's Head

Charlotte Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory told two city of Charlotte staff members this week that state funding for the light-rail extension to UNC-Charlotte could be at risk if the city builds a controversial streetcar, which McCrory has long opposed, according to a memo sent Thursday...

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Los Angeles: The Villaraigosa Cheat Sheet

LA Streetsblog

As national press sharpens their focus on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's cheat sheet, there's been way too much discussion of Charlie Sheen and other assorted scandals. What's too often missing is a discussion of the Mayor's own transportation record...

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Research: Using Games in Transportation Planning

TRB (via Transportationist)

Traditional "chalk and talk" teaching in civil engineering is gradually being replaced with active learning that focuses on encouraging students to discover knowledge with innovative pedagogical methods and tools...

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Cincinnati: Qualls Wants Streetcar Before All Star Game

Cincinnati Business Courier

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls - who is running for mayor this November - is urging City Manager Milton Dohoney to develop a plan to have the proposed streetcar up and running in time for the 2015 All-Star Game...

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Omaha: LRT One Option to Drive City Growth

Omaha World Herald

The vision of public transportation across central Omaha includes a light-rail system that could connect a growing University of Nebraska Medical Center campus to downtown...

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National: Protected Bike Lanes Coming to More Cities

Market Watch

Bicycle commuters, take heart. Several cities are building special lanes that offer more protection from cars. MarketWatch Radio's Adrienne Mitchell talks with Martha Roskowski, director of the Green Lanes project. ..

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Austin: Get Over Parking Issues Austin, You're a City Now

Austin Post

There are a handful of ways in which you can tell Austin is still just a small town on the cusp of being a big city. Restaurants that close at 9 p.m. and don't open on Sundays is one. Another is the attitude many Austinites have toward parking...

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Oklahoma City: Debating a Regional Transit Authority

Edmond Sun

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett asked the Regional Transit Dialogue Steering Committee (RTD) if there is a consensus that one agency should be responsible for all metro rail and buses...

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Twin Cities: I-394 Lures Office Developers, Buyers

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Commercial real estate folks call it the "Golden West." It's the stretch of Interstate 394 between Highway 100 and Interstate 494 in suburban St. Louis Park, Golden Valley and Minnetonka, that has emerged as the power strip for office space in the Twin Cities..

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Research: Employment Cycles of Neighboring Cities

Regional Science and Urban Economics (Abstract) 

This paper examines the spatial interaction of neighboring cities over their employment cycles. Neighboring cities, which are large and closely integrated cities within the same metro area, tend to have relatively similar employment cycles...

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Los Angeles: A Model for Los Angeles Planning

Los Angeles Times

How long does it take to revitalize a moribund section of Los Angeles that was zoned and built according to development and land-use patterns that prevailed in the 1940s?..

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Research: Spatial Targeted Redev Programs Spill Over?

Regional Science and Urban Economics (Abstract) 

This paper estimates spillover effects from a spatially-targeted redevelopment program, the Federal Empowerment Zone (EZ), on neighboring and economically similar areas...

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