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News: Houston Metro Funding Vote, Chicago $2.5B Capital Program, Calgary $8B Transit Blueprint, Why Young Not Buying Cars

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.

Houston: Humble & Others Hope for More Metro Funding

Houston Chronicle

Harris County voters will head to the polls Nov. 6 to decide whether to keep a program in place that could lead to improved streets and sidewalks in some communities...

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Chicago: RTA Proposes $2.5B Capital Program

Progressive Railroading

Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) officials have announced a proposed $2.5 billion plan to fund capital improvements for transit systems across the city and suburbs...

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Virginia: Federal Money Could Lower Dulles Tolls

Transportation Nation

The federal government may provide a substantial loan to the agency running the Silver Line rail project to Dulles International Airport, enabling the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to lower projected toll rate increases on the Dulles Toll Road..

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Calgary: Region's $8B Blueprint for Transit

Calgary Herald

City officials had a first look at a massive, $8-billion-plus plan for Calgary's future transit lines. Calgary Transit revealed its progress with RouteAhead - a 30-year transit plan - to council at a special strategic planning meeting Monday...

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National: Why Young Americans Not Buying Cars

CNN Money

America's young people just aren't buying cars like they used to. The share of new cars purchased by those aged 18-34 dropped 30% in the last five years, according to the car shopping web site ..

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International: Housing a 'Fundamental Human Right'

Guardian UK

A clear thread throughout the sixth session of the World Urban Forum, a premier gathering to discuss urbanisation and housing that ran in Naples from 1-7 September, was the recognition that never before has humanity seen such a rapid increase in wealth...

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Detroit: Housing Slowdown Leaves Burbs to Pay

Detroit Free Press

When Howell Township borrowed money for water and sewer lines several years ago, the economy was booming, houses couldn't be built fast enough and the township had every reason to expect its investment would be paid back with additional property taxes and utility fees...

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International: What Next for Affordable Homes Program?

Guardian UK

The affordable homes programme aims to deliver 170,000 homes by March 2015 but the concept behind the programme, with its lower grant rate and higher rents, raised concerns for many landlords, and especially those operating in London and the south east...

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International: How Bucharest Implemented Wastewater


Bucharest now has a complex wastewater system. This wasn't always the case. A lack of infrastructure has prevented the entire collection and treatment processes from being carried out. Giovana Soara details the privatization journey for Romania's capital city...

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Salt Lake City: Work Begins on Murray TOD Project

Salt Lake Tribune

Parley's Partners of Salt Lake City has started construction on a $45 million mixed-use development in Murray that at build-out would feature more than 300 apartments...

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New Jersey: Critics Blast Grow NJ for Feeding Sprawl

Globe Street

Even as the New Jersey Economic Development Authority moved last week to re-up funding of the Urban Transit Hub and Grow NJ tax credit programs by $500 million, critics re-upped their questioning of how well the programs are achieving their objectives...

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National: Porches Are Making a Comeback

USA Today

Front porches are making a big comeback. It's not quite a return to Norman Rockwell's Americana, but the rise in the number of new homes with porches hints at a shift in the way Americans want to live: in smaller houses and dense neighborhoods that promote walking and social interaction...

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