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News: Transit Access Satisfaction Factors, Vancouver Anti-LRT Law, Seattle Rent Forcast, Beijing To Focus On Ecology, Denver Brownfield Revitalization

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.
TRANSPORT

Twin Cities: 70% Residents Support Spending for SWLRT

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce


A new survey shows support is growing for the Southwest Light Rail Transit line and that most respondents think Minnesota should spend $118 million to help pay for its construction...

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DC: Smartphone Developers - Metro Limiting Bus Data

Washington Post


Developers of transit apps for smartphones say Metro unnecessarily limits the data it provides, and when the transit agency does provide information, it is often sloppy and inaccurate...

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Research: Factors Affecting Transit Access Satisfaction

TRB TRID


Public transportation accessibility is an important predictor variable that indicates the level of effectiveness of a transit system and integration of transportation with land use...

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Vancouver: WA Senators Introduce Bill to Block LRT

Willamette Week


In case we weren't sure about how Clark County feels about light rail, Washington legislators introduced a bill yesterday asking for a law to block it...

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International: More MTR Lines Built by 2030

Asia One


The Government has announced a slew of new rail transit projects which will be completed by 2030. By then, Singapore's metro network will increase to 360km, from 178km today...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Seattle: Rents Not Going Up, Apt Supply Is Up

Seattle Times (via Seattle Transit Blog) 


Local landlords may have to get used to more vacant apartments and smaller rent increases, a recent report suggests...

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International: Beijing Wants to Focus More on Ecology

China Daily


Shanghai will have a stronger focus on ecological development rather than solely focusing on economic growth, a senior expert said on Wednesday...

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DC: What Will the FBI Building Become?

Washington City Paper


Several hundred developers, local government officials, and interested folks waited in line for over half an hour outside the General Services Administration headquarters this afternoon for a chance to get more information about the federal government's plan to swap its FBI building for a new consolidated site in the capital region. Many of them probably left disappointed...

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International: Beijing Not Only Major City w Pollution

Guardian UK


Air pollution in Beijing has been described as "apocalyptic" this week with people choking their way through murky streets, short of breath and their eyes stinging from toxic air...

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International: A New Community Grows in Shanghai

New York Times


This can be a confounding city, with a constant chorus of traffic and construction noise, the chatter of passersby and the cries of street vendors...

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Bay Area: Balance is Key for Lawrence Station Area

San Jose Mercury News


Balance is going to be crucial in the success of the Lawrence Station Area Plan, city officials agreed during a joint study session between the city council and planning commission on Jan. 15...

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International: Patience Pays on Land Banks

The Hong Kong Standard


Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee suggested the government exempt agricultural land from change-of-land-use premiums to allow developers to build affordable housing for first-time buyers...

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International: Clegg - More Garden Cities Needed

Telegraph UK


The Deputy Prime Minister has called for new settlements modelled on Milton Keynes to be built in the Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire countryside to solve the housing crisis...

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Denver: Brownfield Program to Revitalize Colfax

Examiner


The Colfax Mainstreet Coalition (CMC) is a partnership between the City and County of Denver, the City of Lakewood, and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA)...

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