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News: Minnesota Transit Taxes, DART Cuts Expansion Plans, Hospital Role In Mixed-Use, Residential Mobility Issues, California CEQA Battle

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.

Minnesota: Governor Wants More Taxes for Transit

MPR News

Twin Cities area officials are reviewing Gov. Dayton's proposal for a new quarter-cent sales tax for the seven-county metro area. The money would go toward transit, under the governor's budget proposal...

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Dallas: Arlington Set to Launch Commuter Bus

Dallas Morning News

Arlington is gearing up for an August launch of its latest dive into mass transportation: a commuter bus line between the city's downtown and the Trinity Railway Express' CentrePort Station...

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Dallas: DART Cuts Back Expansion to Focus On System

Dallas Observer

When DART last sat down to update its long-range plan in 2006, the agency was thinking big. With the recession still beyond the horizon, planners envisioned 86 additional miles of rail and 121 miles of new bus routes...

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Austin: City Pushes Forward with Mass Transit

Austin Post

Austin has its share of upsides - mild winters, recreational and cultural opportunities, a growing restaurant scene, a relatively affordable cost of living - but ask people what our city's downside is and you'll hear a common answer: traffic...

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Winston Salem: Hospital's Role in Mixed Use  

Winston Salem Journal (via Smart Growth America)

Hospitals usually don't jump to mind when one thinks about projects with the potential to spur economic development. Unlike ballparks and entertainment complexes, hospitals don't necessarily draw consumers with money to burn, but they do employ lots of people, and people come from all over for their services...

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National: Boxer Targets Energy Efficient Climate Strategy


Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer is moving bills to improve building energy efficiency as one means of mitigating climate change...

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National: The Issue of Residential Mobility


Residential mobility-residents' movement from one housing unit to another-could be either a positive or a negative phenomenon for families and neighborhoods. At the family level, residential mobility can reflect positive changes in individual or household circumstances...

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California: The Battle For CEQA

Capitol Weekly

California's core environmental protection law, a 43-year-old statute frequently denounced by developers and business interests as a tangle of red tape, is on a Capitol hit list once again...

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