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News: Gas Prices & Consumer Spending, San Antonio Streetcar, Winnipeg BRT Expansion, Lessons From 40s On Housing & Health, San Jose BART TOD Project

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.

National: Gas Price Changes Have No Lasting Damage

NBC News

The recent run-up in gasoline prices has some economists - including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke - worried about the impact on consumer spending and the economy...

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National: Is President Just Talk on Infrastructure?

Governing (via Streetsblog DC)

It's becoming a bit of a running gag in the transportation community: President Obama is one of the loudest supporters for spending money on improving the nation's infrastructure...

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Research: Econ of Speed Bumps, Low Emission Zones

Journal of Urban Economics

This paper considers various policy measures that governments can use to reduce traffic externalities in cities. Unlike much of the available literature that emphasized congestion, we focus on measures that reduce pollution, noise and some accident risks...

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San Antonio: VIA to Pick Streetcar Location Before Fall

San Antonio Express News

VIA Metropolitan Transit could determine the exact location of its planned streetcar by the end of the summer, but consultants still must work through a number of downtown historic and utility issues that could limit where the rail line will go...

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Winnipeg: Rushing to Hop on the Busway Plan

Winnipeg Free Press

After taking decades to build Winnipeg's first short stretch of rapid transit, city hall is in a rush to figure out where the next few kilometres will go...

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National: Is Telecommuting Dead, Experts Say No

The Today Show

When Yahoo relayed to its employees on Friday that they could no longer work remotely, one of the reasons given was that "speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home."..

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International: A Lesson from the 40's, Housing & Health

Guardian UK

as struck by the front page of the Guardian on 18 February: two headline stories detailed Britain's obesity epidemic and our escalating housing crisis...

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Milwaukee: Pabst Site Gets Environmental Award

Journal Sentinel

A hilltop site once famous for brewing Pabst Blue Ribbon beer was named one of the greenest neighborhoods in the world Tuesday...

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San Jose: KB Home Buys Land Near Future BART Station

San Jose Mercury News

The first concrete steps to create a transit village next to a future BART station in the city's Berryessa district have come with the purchase by KB Home of a largely unused portion of a well-known flea market in San Jose...

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