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News: Calgary LRT Additions, 54.5 MPG Standard, GOP Transpo Platform, Generational Car Desires, Norfolk Zoning Types, Galveston Housing Plan

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.

Calgary: City Opens Two LRT Stations

Railway Age

Calgary residents in the city's northeast section gained direct access to the two new light rail transit stops on the C-Train 202 line Monday, with station openings at Saddletowne and Martindale...

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National: White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Standard

Transportation Nation

Cars and light trucks will have to deliver an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 according to new fuel economy standards finalized by the Obama administration today...

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Denver: Big Ideas for I-70 Corridor

Denver Post

A project that calls for a 120-mile, high-speed transit system to be built on Interstate 70 between Jefferson County and the Eagle County Airport is certain to attract top thinkers - and the biggest dreamers - both foreign and domestic...

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National: GOP Transportation Platform

The Hill

The platform approved by on Tuesday by Republicans calls for the elimination of funding for Amtrak passenger rail service, privatizing airport security screening "wherever possible" and stopping the use of money earmarked for highway construction for other purposes...

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Charlotte: Eastland Mall Deal Hits a Snag

Charlotte Observer

The city of Charlotte's plan to buy the remains of Eastland Mall for $13.2 million has hit a possible snag, with the city and one seller, Houston-based Boxer Properties, squabbling over $20,000, according to people familiar with negotiations...

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National: Different Generation Wants Different Things

The Atlantic

In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it..

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New Orleans: Post Katrina Gentrification Touchy Subject

US News and World Report

With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago...

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Norfolk: Zoning Districts Now Labeled by Type

Virginian Pilot

From now on, city planners won't just refer to Norfolk neighborhoods by their names, but they'll probably note whether a community is suburban, urban or downtown, too...

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Baltimore: Solo Cup Manufacturing Plant Rezoned

Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore County Council on Tuesday voted to allow retail at the former Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills, but opponents of a planned shopping center there say they will not give up their fight against the project...

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International: Laws, Not Expats, Creating Geneva Bubble


Geneva's housing market is overheating because of inflexible laws, not because of the expatriate white-collar workers who are popularly blamed for crowding the staid Swiss city, a study by Avenir Suisse, an economic thinktank, said on Tuesday...

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Galveston: Council Grudgingly Approves Housing Plan

Houston Chronicle

The Galveston City Council grudgingly approved a plan Thursday to rebuild public housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike, meeting a federally imposed deadline and narrowly averting financial disaster...

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