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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.

Research: Equilibrium Model of the City

Environment and Planning Journal

This paper presents a computable general equilibrium model of a stylized linear city that simultaneously minimizes transportation costs while satisfying labor, and, and goods equilibrium conditions, in the tradition of Anas and Kim, while introducing a monetary balance...

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Research: Gentrifiers Choice of Housing

Environment and Planning Journal

This paper draws on the literature on residential mobility in order to address the housing choice of gentrifiers and its different dimensions (profile, trajectories, and motivations). The gentrification literature is reviewed in regard to these dimensions...

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Atlanta: Tea Party Demands Transit Funding Repeal

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Debbie Dooley, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, stood in the rotunda at the state Capitol last week and brandished a piece of paper for the TV cameras...

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Montreal: Critics Fear Loss of Green Spaces

Montreal Gazette

West Island residents who worry that a new regional development plan will force them to allow construction on green spaces should not be concerned, say representatives of the Montreal Metropolitan Community...

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Indianapolis: Limits on Redevelopment Commissions

Indianapolis Star

Legislation that would rein in redevelopment commissions like the one Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has used to fund much of the city's massive redevelopment today passed the Senate Committee on Local Government...

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Virginia: Scrapping Dulles Station Suggested


A boardmember of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is proposing a radical change in the Dulles Rail project, saying the Dulles International Airport station should be scrapped altogether. ..

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San Francisco: Central Subway Gets Federal OK

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco has received a key approval from federal officials to move forward on its 1.7-mile Central Subway, Mayor Ed Lee said Wednesday...

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Twin Cities: Met Council Bets on Transit and Housing

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Metropolitan Council chair Susan Haigh on Wednesday announced the first major regional housing plan by the agency in decades. Citing a need for more lower-income housing to deal with changing demographics in the Twin Cities, Haigh said the agency would begin by spending $32 million to preserve homes and spur growth along transit lines...

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California: Brown Lashes Out at HSR Foes

San Jose Mercury News

The two sides of Gov. Jerry Brown's political persona have come into clear view this month. Two weeks ago, it was the austere and pragmatic Brown, as he released his slash-away state budget. But on Wednesday, during his State of the State address in the Assembly chamber, he gave a glimpse of his idealistic, visionary side..

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National: Where the Trees Are

Earth Observatory (via Tim D)

Trees are one of Earth's largest banks for storing the carbon that gets emitted by natural processes and human activities. Forests cover about 30 percent of the planet's surface, and as much as 45 percent of the carbon stored on land is tied up in forests...

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Mobile: Council Votes on Downtown Plan, Codes

Mobile Press Register

The City Council is expected to vote next week to approve amending Mobile's master plan to include The New Plan for Mobile, the formal name for a neighborhood design and economic development blueprint commissioned by Jones during his first term in office...

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National: 1M People Could Get Mortgage Writedowns


About one million American homeowners would get writedowns in the size of their mortgages under a proposed deal with banks over shady foreclosure practices, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said on Wednesday...

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