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DC Streetsblog: Oregon Takes the Next Step in Moving Beyond the Gas Tax Rep. Earl Blumenauer likes to say that Oregon was the first state to adopt a gas tax and it will be the first state to get rid of it. In 2006-2007, the state conducted a pilot study of alternative revenue collection methods, with an eye toward moving …

City: Deadline for Providence Homeowners to Reapply for Homestead Tax Exemption Extended to April 6

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Because of changes to the ordinance governing the City of Providence’s homestead exemption, every Providence homeowner is required to reapply this year for the exemption. Due to the large number of applications still outstanding, the Office of the Tax Assessor has extended the reapplication deadline to Friday, April 6, 2012.

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Terrorist paranoia in Atlanta, new bus stop signs in Seattle, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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Mayor Taveras’ Budget Address

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Update: Video of the Mayor’s budget address. Press Release from Mayor Taveras’ office regarding tonight’s budget address (See below prepared text of the Mayor’s Address): Mayor Taveras Delivers Fiscal Year 2012 Budget to City Council Shared sacrifice is major theme of Mayor’s first budget submission PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras today delivered his proposed 2012 budget to the Providence …

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Boston sends “tax” bills to non-profits, why traffic lights and stop signs are not the answer for safer streets, our infrastructure is too big to fail, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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Actually, Highway Builders, Roads Don’t Pay For Themselves [DC.Streetsblog] You’ve heard it a thousand times from the highway lobby: Roads pay for themselves through “user fees” | a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls | whereas transit is a drain on the taxpayer. They use this argument to push for new roads, instead of transit, as fiscally prudent investments. The myth of …

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Apartments, stores planned on Loyola Avenue near Superdome [The Times-Picayune] Spurred by the future Loyola Avenue streetcar line, a local development firm plans to transform a sea of downtown [New Orleans] parking lots into 450 apartments and 125,000 square feet of shops and restaurants that it calls the South Market District. Jewelry District, this is your fuiture. In Quest for …

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Next American City: Who’s Scared of a Transit Bridge? Next spring, Portland will begin building its first bridge over the Willamette River in 37 years. The Willamette River Transit Bridge – which will link a future Oregon Health & Science University campus on the west side of the river with a museum and opera house on the east – will …

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A team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island (URI) has recently published an article describing a self-healing concrete that would be inexpensive to produce. Such concrete could help reduce structure repair costs, lower cement-production carbon emissions, and even save lives, as it will help design safer buildings. [The Future of Things] Markets Investing In Neighborhood Health | Shop …

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Preserving modernism in Boston: making the case [Boston.com] Andrew Knee: Milwaukee – A Walker’s Paradise [UrbanOut] “And the latest venture is a broad swath of land called the Park East, where a freeway was recently torn down and the street-grid was reassembled.” Sound wall made of vegetation to be studied by ODOT as alternative to concrete wall [Cleveland.com] I’m thinking …

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Investment in Transportation Changes is Tough Hill to Climb [Coalition for Transportation Choices] Charlotte does light rail right [Grist] Can infrastructure-led growth save the economy? [Salon] Mixed-Use Downtown Development Puts Standard Malls’ Tax Yield to Shame [Citiwire] A Fast-Paced City Tries to Be a Gentler Place to Grow Old [New York Times]

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State of Maine on board with high-speed rail; upgrade work on the popular Downeaster begins [FastLane USDOT] Too hot to cook? A few heat-wave recipes [Projo Subterranean Homepage News] Hours extended for Providence water parks all week [ProJo] Forecast for the Future’s Cities: Hot! [The City Fix] Gas taxes give us a break at the pump [USA Today] “Holiday drivers …