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News: Chicago Details BRT Lanes, Virginia Transpo Deal, Federal Repair First Focus, SimCity Education, NYU Big Data Campus, Multifamily Housing Starts Drop

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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Chicago: City Outlines Bus Only Lanes

Crain's Chicago Business


Chicago's Department of Transportation and the CTA today released details on a new public transportation initiative called Bus Rapid Transit...

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National: Virginia House/Senate Strike Transpo Deal

Transportation Nation


In a final attempt to reach a compromise on measures to raise substantial new revenues for transportation before the scheduled adjournment of the legislative session, Virginia House and Senate negotiators struck a deal that replaces the state's gas tax with a lower tax on the wholesale price of gasoline, but raises the sales tax...

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National: White House Infra Plan Wants Repair First

Transportation Nation


President Barack Obama's new $50 billion infrastructure plan - a remarkably consistent number he's pushed several times before - has a twist...

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International: Estonia's National Car Charge Network

Guardian UK


tonia's reputation as one of the most wired-up countries in Europe has been boosted further with the opening of what is being billed as the world's first nationwide electric car charging network...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

National: SimCity Continues to Influence Education

Toronto Star


Educator says the program not only teaches math, engineering and science skills, but it challenges students to take on a complex set of problems as a group and come up with innovative solutions...

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International: Investors Should Look Outside Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily News


As the housing supply has surpassed the demand in Istanbul, construction companies should go and invest in developing cities like İzmir, Bursa or Diyarbakır, the environment minister has said..

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New York: NYU's Big Data Campus

Crain's New York


When real estate broker Misha Chiporukha leaves his Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, apartment on Livingston Street and Flatbush Avenue, he is bombarded with New York noises: Buses exhale at the stop in front of his door...

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Orlando: FL Sen May Tighten Tax Breaks in Urban Areas

Orlando Sentinel


Florida senators signaled Wednesday that they may tighten state tax breaks designed to spur development in urban high-crime areas and polluted brownfields, following recent Orlando Sentinel reports about both programs...

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National: Multifamily Housing Starts Drop Sharply

24/7 Wall Street


The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported this morning that new housing starts in January slipped to an annual seasonally adjusted rate of 890,000, a sharp decrease of 8.5%..

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Kentucky: Senators Attack Agenda 21, Sust. Development

Courier Journal


I have seen vultures circling over the Kentucky state capitol, but never any black helicopters. Yet a Kentucky Senate Committee today voted 7-1 to approve a bill that seeks to curb a feared United Nations takeover of environmental policy in the commonwealth...

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International: Making Cities Safe for Women and Girls

Guardian UK


The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty is focusing on how to tackle violence against women and girls in public spaces..

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