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News: Transit Resiliency, Des Moines BRT Stalls, Bike & Pedestrian Funding, TIF District Benefits, City Allergies

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.

Salt Lake City: Sugarhouse Streetcar Starts Construction

Salt Lake Tribune

Under the warm spring sun Wednesday, a crowd gathered at 2235 Main St. in South Salt Lake to celebrate the beginning of the long anticipated return of streetcars to the Salt Lake Valley...

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Pittsburgh: Impact of Port Authority Route Eliminations


The Port Authority of Allegheny County has proposed a 35 percent service reduction to cope with a looming $64 million budget shortfall. These proposed cuts will eliminate 46 of 102 routes...

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Research: Framework for Resident Resiliency


This research will investigate the resiliency value of transit infrastructure and transit-oriented developments (TODs). Much of the early resiliency research was qualitative and looked at resiliency primarily through the lens of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis or terrorist attacks (Battelle 2007)...

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Des Moines: Plans for BRT Line Stall

Des Moines Register

Efforts to bring "rail-like" bus service to downtown Des Moines hit a speed bump this week when a significant piece of funding failed to get backing by Iowa lawmakers...

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National: Moynihan Station Work to Begin

Wall Street Journal (via Streetsblog NYC)

The first leg of construction on the future Moynihan Station will kick off later this year, the head of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said Tuesday...

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National: 4/5 Americans Want $$ for Bike/Walk

Transportation Nation

You always have to be a little leery when a group supporting a particular outcome puts out a poll showing support of that outcome, but an America Bikes poll being released today shows pretty lopsided results: a plurality (47%) of Americans wants more funding for bike and pedestrian programs...

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Boulder: City Struggles with Affordable Housing

Daily Camera

With legal, budgetary and market constraints, Boulder City Council members struggled to find consensus Tuesday night about how best to create more affordable housing...

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Florida: Redistricting Pits GOP v GOP in Mica's District

ABC 13

Community and business leaders in affluent Seminole County talked about the jobs and economic development that will come from the new 61-mile commuter rail through Orlando. They praised the man who pushed hard for the $1.3 billion project and many others: Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida. ..

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National: iPhone App Checks Real Estate on the Fly

Wall Street Journal

Let's say you're walking around your neighborhood, or a neighborhood you'd like to make yours, and you spy a house you find interesting. Even if it isn't for sale, you can just whip out your iPhone, take a picture of the home and in less than a minute, you'll have an estimate of its price, plus details on its square footage, number of rooms, similar homes for sale and other facts...

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Hampton Roads: TIF District Has Done Its Job

Virginian Pilot

Fourteen years ago, Virginia Beach established the first tax-increment financing district in the state: 270 acres surrounding Lynnhaven Mall. The mall was the largest on the East Coast when it was built in 1981, but by 1996 its primacy had been lost...

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National: Why Are City Allergies Higher?

Mother Jones

Are you an urban-dweller who suffers from allergies? Maybe you need more bacteria in your life, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

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National: House Votes to Drop Census ACS

Huffington Post (via Bill S)

The House voted Wednesday to eliminate the detailed surveys of America that have been conducted by the Census Bureau since the nation's earliest days...

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