Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

News: Florida Rail Good For Downtowns, City Quiet Zones, Suburbs Think Density, Galveston Housing Fight

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.

Florida: Miami, Orlando Train Good for Downtowns

Sun Sentinel

Plans are already in motion to bring train service from the downtowns of Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami to Orlando in 2014. For travelers, it will offer a somewhat faster alternative to driving...

Read On

Utah: Cities Seeking Quiet Zones

Deseret News

Lehi is heading up a delegation of Utah cities working to make trains quieter in anticipation of a new commuter line that will dramatically increase train traffic...

Read On

Toronto: City's Suburbs Thinking Density

Globe & Mail

Mississauga is the archetypal Canadian suburb, a place of cookie-cutter subdivisions and strip plazas, connected by wide arterial roads. But if its planners have their way, its centre will be transformed within a decade into something else entirely...

Read On

Galveston: City Holding Out in Public Housing Fight

Wall Street Journal

Earlier this month, the Journal visited Galveston to report on a controversy surrounding the re-building of some public housing projects that were destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. For more than a year, federal officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have been pressuring the city to rebuild the housing...

Read On

Omaha: City Embraces TIF for Downtown Apartments

Kansas City Star

A recent article about the shortage of downtown apartments and the Downtown Council's effort to lobby city officials to do more, including a list of nine projects that would add 1,500 units with a little financial help, got some blowback from a few readers and pundits...

Read On

Boston: City's Vanished New York Streets

Boston Globe

In the desolate eastern reaches of Boston's South End, at the corner of the Mass. Pike and Interstate 93, the old Boston Herald office sits empty...

Read On

International: Sydney's Docklands Pulls Its Weight

Sydney Morning Herald

DOCKLANDS, which is 48 per cent complete, has shifted the geographical heart of the Melbourne CBD to the west and is now the second-largest office precinct for prime-grade stock in the CBD...

Read On

San Francisco: Steps Lead to a Stunning View

San Francisco Chronicle

The Francisco steps run up the shoulder of Telegraph Hill and are both less severe and less crowded than the more famous Filbert and Greenwich steps nearby...

Read On

Bakersfield: Downtown Revival Gaining Traction

Bakersfield Now

Things are looking up for downtown Bakersfield. "People remember downtown of 10 years ago where there were shootings. That's gone," said Don Martin, president and creative director of The Metro Galleries...

Read On

Austin: ACC Acquisition Clears Way to Redev Old Mall

Austin American Statesman (via @JMVC) 

As president and CEO of Austin Community College, Richard Rhodes oversees eight campuses, two more under construction, 11 satellite education centers, 42,000 students and 4,500 faculty and staff members...

Read On

Research: Why Localities Provide Eco Dev Incentives?

Growth and Change Journal

U.S. states and localities often engage in economic development policies using incentives and abatements for specific firms or industries. Yet, there is very little empirical evidence suggesting that such policies are successful...

Read On