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News: Affordable Neighborhoods, NY Subway Ridership, Federal Transpo Talks, First Google Maps War, Neighborhoods Not Worth Saving

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.

National: Only 28% of Neighborhoods Are Affordable

Transportation Nation

In the typical definition of housing affordability, your rent or mortgage would be a third, or less, of your income. And by that standard, some 76 percent of neighborhoods are affordable...

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New York: Most Riders on the Subway Since 1947

New York Daily News

Weekend subway ridership last year reached the highest average level since Harry Truman was in the White House, a report released Friday revealed...

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Washington: House Looking to Make a Deal

Washington Post

The House GOP leadership will try to broker a tricky deal to appease friends and foes of mass transit as they seek to revive a stalled long-term transportation bill...

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National: Long Term Bill Faces Detours


The machinations of transportation bills in Congress may seem like the kind of inside-the-Beltway politics that make the rest of the country snooze...

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National: Santorum - Gas Prices Caused Meltdown

The Hill

Rick Santorum on Monday blamed the housing crisis on high gas prices. During a campaign appearance in Michigan, Santorum said the housing bubble burst in 2008 because people could no longer afford to pay their mortgages because of high gas prices. ..

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National: Making Cities Safer for Bikes/Peds

New York Times Room for Debate (via JRS)

An article in The Atlantic this month lamented the lax enforcement of traffic laws in New York City, even in cases in which a pedestrian or cyclist is killed. The author calls for a crackdown on traffic violations large and small, emulating the "broken windows" approach to suppressing crime in the 1990s...

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International: The First Google Maps War

New York Times Borderlines

Did Google Maps almost cause a war in 2010? On Nov. 3 of that year, Edén Pastora, the Nicaraguan official tasked with dredging the Rio San Juan, justified his country's incursion into neighboring Costa Rica's territory by claiming that, contrary to the customary borderline, he wasn't trespassing at all...

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Baltimore: Some Neighborhoods Not Worth Saving

Business Insider (via @richard_florida) 

In Baltimore the wrecks stretch for blocks in every direction. Shattered windows, buckling walls, sometimes just a façade, propped up by the houses on either side...

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