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News: Utah Rail Budget Hike, Anaheim Streetcar Concept, GHG Law Challenge, SF Office Renewal, Young Moving Out Of State

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. 
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Salt Lake City: UTA Raises Rail Budget 27%

Salt Lake Tribune


As the Utah Transit Authority gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a 2013 budget that will spike spending on its growing train operations by 27 percent, it also cleared the next-to-last stop toward borrowing another $180 million to help pay for constructing new TRAX and FrontRunner lines...

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Anaheim: City OKs Streetcar Plan

OC Register


The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to support the concept of building a $319 million streetcar system that could transport thousands of employees and millions of tourists each year...

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National: CA GHG Law Faces Challenges

Transportation Nation


The future of California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law is being called into question. Implementation of the law was delayed earlier this year by a U.S. District Court judge in Fresno, who ruled that the regulations violate the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution...

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International: Urban Land May Triple by 2030

Scientific American (via @tdechant)


More than half of the world's expected nine billion people will live in giant urban expanses by 2030 as cities and their hinterlands occupy an additional 1.2 million square kilometers, thereby tripling in size...

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San Francisco: Amazon Building Signals Office Revival

San Francisco Chronicle


Amazon.com Inc., which agreed to buy its Seattle headquarters for $1.16 billion, plans to start construction next year on the first of three new buildings that would add another 3 million square feet (278,700 square meters) as technology companies expand and invest in real estate...

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National: More Young Adults Moving Out of Their States

Canton Rep


Their lives on hold for years, young adults are now making big moves in the fledgling economic recovery, leaving college towns or parents' homes and heading out of state at the highest rate since the height of the housing boom...

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Boston: Kendall Square Boom Squeezes Startups

Boston Globe


After working out of shared space for three years, Raj Aggarwal's mobile start-up is now successful enough to have its own address. But instead of staying in Kendall Square where it has thrived, Localytics is about to join the ranks of small tech companies moving out of the Cambridge hot spot...

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National: Cottage Industry Builds for Students

Wall Street Journal


Going away to school no longer means being stacked in blocky dormitories and sleeping in wooden bunk beds bolted to the wall. As we write today, developers are building student housing that looks more like a single-family home...

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