URBAN ISSUESHow Can Affordable Housing Survive in California
San Diego Union Tribune
The future of affordable housing in California has looked bleak with reduced funding from the federal government and the elimination of redevelopment agencies, a major funding source for such development in the state.
TRANSPORTThe Politics of Dumb Infrastructure Decisions
Minneapolis Star Tribune
We have a political situation in the United States where Democrats are too eager to build anything if it creates a job and the Republicans are too willing to call a project a boondoggle without first investigating its merit.
TRANSPORTDisneyland Demands Raise Streetcar Costs
While various stakeholders continue to disagree on the merits of Anaheim's proposed streetcar project, there is no debating that it is the most expensive project of its kind in recent memory.
TRANSPORTM1 Gets Final Environmental Approval From Feds
Detroit Free Press
The federal government gave its final environmental clearance Monday for the M1 Rail line to begin its work to build a 3.3-mile streetcar line on Woodward between downtown Detroit and the New Center area, a move that the rail line's leader called a significant step forward.
TRANSPORTFTA Releases FY2014 New Starts Report
This Annual Report on Funding Recommendations is issued by the United States Secretary of Transportation to help inform the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year by providing information on projects included in the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) discretionary Capital Investment Grant Program.
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