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News: Texas HSR Complications, Ft. Lauderdale Streetcar OK, London's New Urban Park, Retail Prospers Downtown, Penn Station TOD

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.

Texas: Begging TXDOT to Not Mess Up HSR

Dallas Observer

Texas Central Railway's plan, announced almost a year ago now, to build a high-speed rail line linking Houston and North Texas has hit a not altogether unexpected complication: inter-city squabbling over where the bullet train will stop...

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Fort Lauderdale: Streetcar Gets County OK

Railway Age

Broward County, Fla., gave its approval Tuesday for a streetcar loop, dubbed "The Wave," to serve Fort Lauderdale...

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International: Largest Urban Park in a Century

London Evening Standard

This time next year the grey concrete space next to the Westfield Stratford shopping centre will be filled with wild flowers, bees, kingfishers and fountains. Work is already under way on what will be the largest new urban park built in the country for a century...

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Houston: Report Says Retail Can Prosper Downtown

Houston Chronicle

The survey, commissioned by Mayor Annise Parker's recently formed task force to study the viability of retail in the urban core, asked people who live and/or work downtown about their shopping behavior and needs...

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Baltimore: TOD Concept Proposed for Penn Station

Baltimore Sun

Homes, offices and shops would sprout around Baltimore's Penn Station under a preliminary plan developed for Amtrak for the midtown site...

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National: Providence Wins Mayors Challenge

New York Times (via @bruce_katz)

When Angel Taveras, the mayor of Providence, R.I., got wind of a lucrative contest among mayors over ideas for improving their cities, his mind turned immediately to children...

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