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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.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.

Dallas: City Could Oppose Toll Roads

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday it is not too late for the city to change its position on the controversial Trinity River toll road, should new doubts about its benefits raised by three colleagues of his on the city council prove well-founded...

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Bay Area: BART Metro Planning Continues

San Francisco Examiner

The Bay Area's population is expected to increase by more than 2 million people over the next 40 years, and the overwhelming majority of those residents are projected to live near transit centers such as BART stations...

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Atlanta: Transit Tax Opposition Gets Louder

Atlanta Journal Consitution

If you go to almost any public meeting in Cobb County - no matter the topic - conversation is most likely to turn to the proposed regional transportation referendum...

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Denver: Colorado Could Get Diverging Diamond

Denver Post

Motorists are driving into more and more foreign-born traffic designs in Colorado neighborhoods and highways, put there to more safely handle increasing volumes of cars and trucks...

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Bay Area: Lafayette BART Parking to Get Solar Covers

Lamorinda Weekly

In a brief presentation to the Lafayette City Council, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Director Gail Murray and the manager of BART's Energy Division, Frank Schultz, gave an update on changes to the proposed solar panel installation slated for the eastern parking lot section of the Lafayette BART station...

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International: New Cities Built Around HSR Corridors

Economic Times

A near-perfect correlation between urbanisation and economic growth has been established by several studies done by World Bank and others. India has increasingly become more urbanised on the back of the economic development over the last 20 years...

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Salt Lake City: UTA Starts Restoring Recession Cuts

Salt Lake Tribune

The economy is turning around enough that the Utah Transit Authority is starting to think about which bus routes it might restore among those that were cut to make ends meet during the recession as UTA finished expanded TRAX rail lines...

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Twin Cities: Central Corridor as Art Corridor

Pioneer Press

When a developer decided to turn the seven-story Chittenden-Eastman building into market-rate lofts, dozens of St. Paul artists were forced to leave long-established studios. Some saw that 2010 exodus at Raymond and University avenues as a sign of things to come...

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Los Angeles: City Bans Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region's waterways and the ocean...

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Seattle: Critics of Mayor's Mixed Use Proposal

Seattle Times (via @otis_white) 

Some residents fear that a package of land-use and zoning changes now before the Seattle City Council would not only wipe out the remaining stock of historic homes, but also allow entire blocks of ground-floor retail such as check-cashing and convenience stores on what are quiet residential streets...

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Lincoln: City Seeks Developer for 7 Acres Downtown

Journal Star

The city is looking for a creative developer to turn seven acres of land just east of downtown Lincoln into a multi-use area that would include offices, stores and condos or apartments...

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International: Vertical Urbanism, Restricted Access

Today Online

Having studied in Cambridge, UK and having spent the majority of my childhood growing up in London, Singapore was far removed from the low-rise environment that I was used to...

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International: Coping with Pakistani Urbanization

International Herald Tribune

Urban management and urban planning have come of age. Across the world, city mayors are now recognised as the main actors in ensuring that our now globally urbanised society resides in livable and vibrant cities...

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