Today’s Headlines

  • A profile of Detroit’s nascent urban farming effort (Free Press)
  • Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) to hold state "transportation summit" this month (AP)
  • Houston mayor says Obama administration is pushing her to get the local transit authority’s act together to ensure continued funding for local light rail (TX Watchdog)
  • How immigration reform could revive dying cities (New Geography)
  • Illinois lawmakers set up state high-speed rail commission (AP)
  • … while some Palo Alto residents raise NIMBY concerns about bullet trains (Merc News)
  • O’Toole’s latest: Forget high-speed rail, it’s all about … driver-less cars (WSJ)

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