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News: Bonding For TRAX Expansion, Alternatives To Gas Tax, Tweeting For Infrastructure, Making SF Into Manhattan

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.

Salt Lake: UTA Gives Authority for More Bonding

Salt Lake Tribune

The Utah Transit Authority is taking the first steps toward borrowing up to another $320 million to finance ongoing construction of new TRAX and FrontRunner commuter rail projects...

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Los Angeles: Crenshaw Blvd at a Crossroads

Los Angeles Times

One of the best places to get a quick sense of how Crenshaw Boulevard has evolved in recent years is through the plate-glass windows of Earlez Grille, the popular quick-serve restaurant known for its chili dogs and tamales...

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International: India Opens Door to Foreign Investment

Wall Street Journal (via @robpuentes)

India ushered in the biggest economic reforms in two decades on Friday, allowing big foreign retailers like Walmart, foreign broadcasters and foreign airlines to invest in the country, among other reforms...

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National: Revenue Alternatives to the Gas Tax

Wall Street Journal (via @mrjounglee)

For decades, the excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel has been the main source of funds for building and maintaining the nation's roadways. It has paid for most of the four million road miles currently in service...

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Eugene: EMX West Given Positive Analysis

Eugene Register Guard

The controversial extension of bus rapid transit to west Eugene got a thumbs up from a city committee that looked at social and environmental effects as well as the economics of the project...

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Ann Arbor: Transit Study Brought Back, Postponed

Ann Arbor Chronicle

No final action was taken at the Ann Arbor city council's Sept. 17, 2012 meeting on funding for continued study of a transportation corridor from the northeast of Ann Arbor to the city's southern edge...

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National: Carmel Poised to Rein in Redev Agency

Indianapolis Star

While Carmel City Council members weigh a $183 million debt refinancing decision for the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, a new ordinance to be introduced tonight would further strengthen the city's oversight of the controversial agency...

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National: Could Tweets Help with Infrastructure?

Fast Company Co.Exist (via @danielkins)

These days, people are more likely to gripe about civic issues on Twitter than actually talk to city officials. But in some cases, that social media activity is all a city needs...

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National: Could San Francisco Become Next Manhattan?

Transportation Nation

Photographer Richard Morgenstein has lived in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood since the late 1990s. Before that, he lived in Manhattan and enjoyed it. In many ways, Morgenstein is still very New York...

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International: From Verdant City to Vertical Slum

The Hindu

The Delhi Urban Arts Commission was constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1972 with the sole intention of acting as a supra urban body to guide the future development of Delhi...

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Kansas City: Google to Begin Transforming KC

Search Engine Journal

What does a former Port Authority building in NYC, dark fiber, gigabit-speed Internet, and Kansas City have in common? Google. In early 2005, the Internet search giant began aquiring high-speed fiber optic lines all over the world...

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Tahoe: South Lake Looks to Future Beyond Gambling

Sacramento Bee

On the eastern edge of South Lake Tahoe, across the street from the high-rise casinos in Nevada, sits the foundation of what was meant to be a $400 million convention center, hotel and retail complex...

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Twin Cities: As Utility Pacts Expire, City Mulls Future

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

A pair of expiring land-use agreements between Minneapolis and the state's largest utilities has opened up a debate over the city's role in pushing for greater investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency...

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International: What is Public Art For?

BBC News

Every urban regeneration project seems to come with its own piece of public art. Scotland has a long tradition of art in public spaces. But what is it actually for?..

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International: Housing a 'Fundamental Human Right'

Guardian UK

A clear thread throughout the sixth session of the World Urban Forum, a premier gathering to discuss urbanisation and housing that ran in Naples from 1-7 September, was the recognition that never before has humanity seen such a rapid increase in wealth...

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