Wherever there is rail, economic development follows

Urban economic development -- with style -- tends to follow the rails. A 15.6-mile light-rail line planned for Los Angeles is expected to generate mixed-use real estate projects, the kind that have cropped up along previously built lines. Overseas, a new moon-shaped railway station in Bellegarde, in the foothills of the French Alps, is expected to draw businesses, offices and shops.

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