OTHER VIEWSStreetcar Plan Irresponsible and Bizarre
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The City Council's former budget chair, Paul Ostrow, issued some harsh words this weekend about a plan to divert property taxes to a streetcar line, calling it "irresponsible" and "bizarre."
TRANSPORTWill Central Corridor Lessons Transfer to Southwest
Twin Cities Finance and Commerce
Businesses along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line had to sue in federal court to get the Metropolitan Council to provide an estimate of how much revenue local establishments lost during the transit line's construction.
TRANSPORTDowntown Taxes Considered for Fort Lauderdale Streetcars
With federal, state and local government contributions already lined up for the city's proposed Wave streetcar system, all that's left to determine is which downtown businesses and residents will also have to contribute and how much they will pay.
URBANISM & DESIGNRedevelopment Hopes for New Zoning Codes
Tampa Bay Times
One of the key arguments for building a light rail system in Pinellas County is that it would kick start urban renewal. People could live closer together, walk to buy their morning coffee and take the train to work.
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