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News: SF $2M Bike Projects, Loyola Streetcar Stimulus, Indiana Transit Funding, Minnesota Sales Tax Boon, Dallas Throwing Away $4B

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.

San Francisco: $200M in Bike Projects Planned

San Francisco Examiner

The City is proposing $200 million worth of changes to its cycling network in the next five years. Building 12 new miles of bike lanes, upgrading 50 miles of existing paths and installing more than 20,000 new racks are all part of the plan...

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New Orleans: Officials Tout Loyola Streetcar Stimulus

New Orleans Times Picayune

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood lavished praise on Mayor Mitch Landrieu and local transportation officials on Monday at the ceremonial opening of the new streetcar line on Loyola Avenue, using the project as a rejoinder to critics of President Obama's efforts to stimulate the economy with infrastructure spending...

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San Francisco: Razing 280 Stub Only Part of the Deal

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco's vision for the South of Market area near AT&T Park and Mission Bay involves more than just taking a wrecking ball to the stub end of Interstate 280, though that image has drawn much attention in a city known for demolishing freeways...

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Kansas City: New Bike Lanes, Trails Promote Cycling

Kansas City

Kansas City is pedaling toward a brighter future by offering more bike lanes and other cycling-related amenities...

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Chicago: CTA PPP Opportunities

Chicago Tribune

The CTA is receiving strong and enthusiastic feedback from the private sector about investing in two mega-projects along the Red and Purple lines that the transit agency could not afford to undertake on its own for many years, CTA President Forrest Claypool said Monday...

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Indiana: State Getting Serious About Funding Transport?

Indianapolis Star

County and city leaders across Indiana have been pestering state leaders for more money to shore up deteriorating roads and bridges. It seems the message is getting through...

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Twin Cities: Sales Tax Plan Would Be Boon to Cities

Minnesota Public Radio

About two dozen Minnesota cities and counties whose sales taxes piggyback on the state's would see a gusher of new money if Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed sales tax expansion prevails...

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Dallas: How Region is Throwing Away $4B

D Magazine

As you undoubtedly know, the city of Dallas celebrated the opening of Klyde Warren Park in October. The green expanse stretching over Woodall Rodgers Freeway brought 44,000 visitors on opening weekend to the nexus of Uptown and downtown...

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National: What Does It Mean to Be Comfortable?

New York Times (via @tdechant)

By shifting work from the sweltering afternoon into cooler evening hours, the siesta provided a kind of de facto air-conditioning, says Elizabeth Shove, a professor of sociology at Lancaster University in England...

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International: Benefits from Urbanization in China

China Daily

Rural residents reap rewards as migrant workers send back cash. Although China's future economic outlook is still uncertain amid global recession, a huge amount of purchasing power will be unleashed through urbanization, a recent report said...

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Research: Problem with Obesity Environment Thesis

Environment and Planning

The obesogenic environment thesis is that increased prevalence of obesity is because people are surrounded by cheap, fast, nutritionally inferior food and a built environment that discourages physical activity...

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Seattle: A Geologist in the City

Seattle Post Intelligencer

I didn't set out to be an urban naturalist. After graduating from college with a degree in geology, I moved to Moab, Utah, paradise for geologists. I spent most of my time out in the red rock canyons hiking, biking, canoeing, and teaching...

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