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News: Speeding Seattle Rail Plans, Cincinnati Streetcar Costs Challenged, Kansas City Streetcar Study, Atlanta Driving Down, California Home Prices

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.

Seattle: Mayor Wants to Speed Up Rail Planning

Puget Sound Business Journal

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wants to speed up planning on two big transit projects, including a potential new span for a light rail or a rapid streetcar line across the Lake Washington ship canal to Ballard...

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National: Sen Lautenberg Announces Retirement

Streetsblog DC

Yesterday afternoon, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced that Frank Lautenberg would return as chair of the committee's Surface Transportation, & Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, & Security Subcommittee...

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Cincinnati: Qualls Seeks Review of Streetcar Costs

Cincinnati Enquirer

With construction bids for the Cincinnati streetcar's tracks and stations having come in tens of millions of dollars over city estimates, City Councilwoman Roxanne Qualls Thursday said it is time for the city to "step back and put the project through intensive" review to bring costs "back into line."..

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Kansas City: City Lays Groundwork for Streetcar Study

Kansas City Business Journal

A study looking at the where Kansas City's streetcar line could go next will begin soon, according to people in City Hall...

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Atlanta: Economy Better, But We Still Drive Less

Atlanta Journal Constitution (via @rpuentes)

Traffic is light; can you feel it? Believe it or not, Atlanta drivers have it easy, researchers say, at least compared to 2005...

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New York: The Manhattan of Your Mind

New York Times (via @aarieff)

"I remember standing at the top of Manhattan and being terrified," says Becky Cooper, the 25-year-old New York native behind "Map Your Memories," a project she started in 2009...

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Columbia SC: City Needs Redevelopment Commission 

The State

Because Columbia is a city of islands that don't work together well, the community needs a broad-based redevelopment commission to to create a vibrant urban core, a national panel of experts said Thursday...

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National: Home Prices Driving People Out of California


Over the past few decades, states with no income tax have significantly outpaced states with the highest income taxes in population growth and therefore in economic growth...

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International: Learning from Netherland's Floodwaters

New York Times Magazine 

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York proposed the other day to spend up to $400 million to buy and raze homes in the floodplains damaged by Hurricane Sandy, I thought of Nol Hooijmaijers...

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Florida: Fear of Change Inhibits Town Evolution

Palm Beach Daily News

Architect, urban planner and theorist Andrés Duany, the father of New Urbanist ideals, identifies the Royal Poinciana Way eatery Testa's as the eye of a "hurricane of controversy" in a "utopia of leisure."..

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Miami: Quick Rate of Change in Miami Neighborhood

New York Times

High-end neighborhoods come and go, though few swing from blighted status to the height of luxury living in just one decade...

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