UNT General

Phoenix 'peer' cities guide Prop.104 light-rail expansion

Thu, Aug 13, 2015 - 12:44pm

Navigate San Diego without a car and a $2.50 trolley ride will take you from downtown to a Chargers game, Old Town or the U.S.-Mexico border.

A few more dollars in Dallas buys a day pass for 90 miles of rail with stations in eight cities. A ticket in Houston gets you to the Museum District while a Sacramento line runs to the California State Capitol.

Robust light-rail systems in these car-dependent cities all started with a vision and a vote — and have since required more of each. Taxpayers took a chance funding infrastructure sold by region leaders as a way to redefine transit in sprawling metro areas and have for...

11 Up-And-Coming U.S. Housing Markets

Thu, Aug 13, 2015 - 8:21am

When you’re looking for a new place to hang your hat, it helps to know what areas are on the rise to become hot housing markets. GOBankingRates reviewed housing and lifestyle-related data — including housing affordability, job growth, home sales, and emerging real estate trends — to identify the top 11 up-and-coming housing markets for U.S. home buyers.

Click through the list — you might just find the next place you’ll call home.

11. Portland, Ore.


Transit study underway

Tue, Aug 11, 2015 - 11:56pm

Members of the University of North Texas community will be able to voice their opinions about parking on campus in a new survey and planned workshops as part of the Parking and Transportation Master Plan study.

The survey, available online at http://parkingtransitplan.unt.edu, asks participants what transportation is effective and which modes of transportation don’t work for them.

Additionally, there will be workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 on the Library Mall on campus to talk to community members.

Consulting firm Nelson/Nygaard has been working on the study since this spring, and it should...

Harris County Commissioners Court

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 - 12:14pm

Harris County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to approve an order for the 2015 bond referendum language outlining four propositions for bonds in the total amount of $812 million for the November 3, 2015 election. 

 “It’s important to note that in the world we live in right now, there are lot of people who just see bonds and think, ‘Oh, this is a terrible thing; it’s more debt',” said County Judge Ed Emmett. “But in fact, when you consider that Harris County has more people than 24 states, the bond of this magnitude really isn’t that big.” Judge Emmett added the bond is necessary to address the county’...

New options revealed for Eagle Substation

Thu, Jul 23, 2015 - 2:05pm

Denton Municipal Electric unveiled new options for the Eagle Substation this week and invited the public to another open house to discuss them tonight at Calhoun Middle School.

Earlier this year, the city-owned utility held another open house for the proposed substation location, which is near the University of North Texas. At the time, DME officials told the neighborhood they had no other viable options than to buy and demolish 13 small homes between Bernard, Fannin, Peak and Collins streets.

A substation takes electricity from the large transmission lines and distributes it to users. DME typically needs between 2...