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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.

Maryland: O'Malley Proposes Higher Gas Taxes

Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly are proposing to raise taxes on gasoline by $2 billion over five years to pay for highways, transit and other transportation projects...

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Dallas: DART Examines Bringing Non Member Cities In

DART Transportation Blog

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is considering joint negotiations with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the city of Arlington to provide a commuter bus line between the city's downtown and the Trinity Railway Express...

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San Francisco: Hard Choices for Fast Growing SF

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco residents will be getting thousands of new neighbors in the next 30 years, and it's time to start figuring out where they will live and work...

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National: HUD Launches Housing Discrimination App

The HUDdle

If you happen to be out searching for a home or an apartment, and have questions about whether a lender can deny you a loan because you are on maternity leave or whether a landlord has the right to deny you a service animal...

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International: It Pays to Build Sustainable Cities

Business Times

THE developing world is experiencing rapid urbanisation, with the number of city dwellers set to reach four billion in 2030 - double its 2000 level...

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International: What Urban Life Will be Like in 2050

London Evening Standard

Buildings of the future will be made from self-healing concrete, be powered by their solar paint and even have flying robots, says Jasmine Gardner..

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International: Property Curbs May Trigger Rush


China's property-related shares fell by the most in nearly five years on Monday on plans to tighten curbs on the housing market, though some economists predict a near-term spike in existing home prices, at least until local governments work out how to implement the changes...

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Austin: The State of Austin Music

Austin American Statesman

Austin's music world received something of a report card last week when advocacy group Austin Music People released a 21-page white paper, "The State of The Austin Music Industry," ..

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