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News: Texas Value Capture Plan Nixed, Transpo Planning & Econ Dev, Sim City Battle, Relocating FBI In DC, Chicago's Urban Vibe

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.

Fort Worth: Value Capture Line Voted Down by Council

Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Fort Worth City Council voted down a resolution that would have supported still-undrafted state legislation facilitating the privately-backed 62-mile Cotton Belt commuter rail line connecting southwest Fort Worth to D/FW Airport and Plano or Richardson...

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Orlando: Bill to Stop Buses from Stopping on Streets

Orlando Sentinel (via Thomas B) 

The head of the county's bus service and the director of transportation planning for the region were summoned to the office of state Sen. Alan Hays on Sept. 11...

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Tampa: Hillsborough to Link Transpo Planning, Econ Dev

Tampa Tribune

Most Hillsborough County residents know the county suffers from a poor transportation system and a lagging economy. What if the solution to both problems was intertwined?..

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Calgary: East Village Funding Plan May Fund LRT

Calgary Herald

Told repeatedly that there's no way to afford the southeast LRT for perhaps decades, Ald. Shane Keating will bring another fundraising idea to council Monday...

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International: Lobby Urges Tram Expansions

The Age

It's mid-morning in East Malvern, and another route three tram lumbers into the terminus at the small shopping strip at the intersection of Waverley and Darling roads, just as they have for the past 99 years...

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National: 6 Planners Battle for Sim City Brags

Fast Company Exist

We brought together some of the most interesting urban thinkers to play the new version of the city planning game to see who would make the best fake metropolis...

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Washington DC: City Pitches New FBI Location

Washington City Paper

The office of Mayor Vince Gray just made official what we all suspected: Yesterday, his administration submitted a proposal to the General Services Administration to relocate the FBI to Poplar Point...

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International: 20% Capital Gains Tax Sparks Stampede


The reintroduction of a 20 per cent capital gains tax on the sale of property on the mainland by the State Council last Friday triggered a stampede by home sellers and agents to register their sales with government agencies before the tax becomes effective...

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Salt Lake City: To Fix Air Quality, Jump to Natural Gas

Salt Lake Tribune

After weeks of protests and criticism over pollution and inversions, Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders jumped Monday on the natural gas bandwagon - literally - to promote its increased use as a motor fuel to help clean Utah's air...

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Research: Do Universities Benefit from Location

Regional Science and Urban Economics

A location in an economically active, high-amenity region could in many ways be a significant advantage for a university and its students and thus could also be positively linked to students' subsequent earnings...

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Chicago: How Chicago's Urban Vibe Attracts Talent

Chicago Business

Sure Chicago is a cheaper place to launch a tech business than Silicon Valley. But how about Pittsburgh?..

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Austin: Sequester to Squeeze Affordable Housing

KUT Austin

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell says the federal spending cuts known as the sequester will have an effect on affordable housing in the city...

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Allentown: Special Tax District Could Expand

Allentown Morning Call

Since its creation in 2009, Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone has been unique in Pennsylvania, an experimental one-of-a-kind tax district...

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Denver: Mayor Seeks $70M 16th Street Revamp, Projects

Denver Post

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday proposed extending urban renewal financing mechanisms to raise up to $70 million for downtown projects, including a school, a park and an upgrade of the 16th Street Mall...

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Santa Monica: Civic Center Rejoins Its City

New York Times

In contrast to many other places in the Los Angeles area, this small city along the Pacific Ocean has long been easy for pedestrians to navigate - except when it comes to its Civic Center...

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National: Healthy Design in Building Construction

New York Times

Doctors, social agencies and community groups that have long been frustrated by the inability to alleviate environmental conditions that contribute to ailments like heart disease and obesity are promoting the idea that a shift in land-use planning and design can stanch some of the harmful influences...

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