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News: Colorado BRT Deadline, Parking & Business, Exxon Carbon Tax Support, SF Micro Apt Limit, Livability Literature Review

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.

Colorado:  RFTA Warned to Complete BRT Line On Time

Post Independent

The federal government is pressing the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to complete a $46 million bus-rapid-transit project by a September deadline or face possible repercussions...

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Sacramento: City Lowers Parking Requirements

Sacramento Bee

Hoping to chip away at its reputation for being a tough place to start a business, Sacramento has embraced a plan that business owners will cheer, but some drivers may jeer...

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Salt Lake City: Trax Construction Finished, Street Open

Salt Lake Tribune

David Galvan said business dropped a knee-buckling 40 percent at his Mestizo Coffeehouse on North Temple during the past 3½ years as the Utah Transit Authority tore up the highway to build the new TRAX extension to Salt Lake City International Airport...

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National: Exxon Supports Carbon Fees

Business Week (via Streetsblog DC)

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is part of a growing coalition backing a carbon tax as an alternative to costly regulation, giving newfound prominence to an idea once anathema in Washington...

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San Francisco: Micro Apartments May Face Limits

San Francisco Chronicle

A political scrap over who should live in San Francisco is threatening to limit a plan to allow construction of tiny, 220-square-foot apartments to meet the city's housing crisis...

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Research: Livability Literature Review


The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD) created the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (the Partnership) in 2009 "to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide"..

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Twin Cities: Busier, Safer St. Paul Streets

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Building owners and property managers in downtown St. Paul have long had a love-hate relationship with Metro Transit and its riders, but the coming of the Green Line light rail and other new attractions in the city center will help change that, the agency's new police chief predicts...

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International: Developing Djibouti

National Geographic

The geographic extremities of any continent tend to have strategic value and it is thus no surprise that the so-called "Horn of Africa" was contested and divided between the colonial powers...

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International: How Charity Is Hurting Africa's Cities

Telegraph UK

Academics at the University of Bristol have found a link between rural regeneration and urban poverty in Ethiopia. They claimed that improving water supplies in villages increased the population, forcing more young people to move to the city slums to find work...

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New York: Donovan in Charge of Sandy Cleanup


President Barack Obama promised residents of New York and New Jersey hit by superstorm Sandy that they will get a coordinated federal, state and local effort to rebuild their devastated neighborhoods...

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