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News: Fort Worth Bike Sharing, St. Louis Streetcar Plans, Freight Monopoly Opposed, Milwaukee Streetcar Push, Planning Chicago's Future, 2013 Year To Buy Home

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.
TRANSPORT

Fort Worth: Bike Sharing to Launch in April

Fort Worth Star Telegram


The "last mile" -- the connection between public transit stations and passengers' final destinations -- gets a new link April 22, when Fort Worth Bike Sharing comes to town with 300 red three-speed cruisers...

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St. Louis: Streetcars Could Go From Downtown West

StL. Post Dispatch


Downtown St. Louis boosters envision the construction of a seven-mile streetcar system as a catalyst for economic development between downtown and the Central West End...

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Norfolk: Region Can't Use Regional Tax for Transit

Virginian Pilot


Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia got higher taxes than the rest of the state in the landmark transportation bill that passed the General Assembly this weekend...

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San Francisco: Cutting Edge Tunnels Poised to Open

San Francisco Chronicle


Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S. today...

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National: Franken Pushes Against Freight Monopoly

The Hill


Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged President Obama on Monday to take steps to stop monopolies in the freight rail industry...

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Research: Complete Streets in Disadvantaged Areas  

TRB TRID


In the last ten years, Complete Streets has become a growing policy movement. An increasing number of jurisdictions have passed Complete Streets policies that formalize that community's intent to plan for...

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Milwaukee: Mayor Makes Strong Push for Streetcar

Journal Sentinel


Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday made a strong push for the city's streetcar project. At his "state of the city" address, Barrett noted the city's future is tied to more people living, working and investing in Milwaukee...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

International: Rio Mayor - How to Build City of Future

CNN (via @mani_akshay)  


I strongly believe being mayor is the public post in which you have the greatest opportunity to change peoples' lives for the better...

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Dallas: City Lights Project Hits a Snag

Dallas Morning News (Paywall)


A developer that wants to buy the vacant City Lights property near downtown Dallas has delayed the deal over environmental pollution on part of the land...

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Los Angeles: What Does It Take to Be a Good Mayor?

Los Angeles Times


Being a good politician is essential for winning a mayoral election. But the qualities that make a good politician are not necessarily those that make a good mayor...

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Chicago: Planning Chicago's Future

Chicago Tribune


'Tis the season, it seems, for Chicago's mayor and business leaders to roll out their wish lists for the city's future. This is a good thing. Cities, like people, do better when they have a plan...

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National: 2013 Will Be a Year to Buy a Home

Wall Street Journal


Bidding wars. Buyers paying cash. Homes selling for more than asking price. Are we entering another housing bubble? No...

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International: Assessing Race/Inequality in Intl Dev

Guardian UK


Whether the focus is on 'do-gooders' in the field, or the employment policies of international NGOs, the relationship between global development and race has long been debated and has always been complex...

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