City officials in Santa Ana, Calif., have released detailed plans for a $300 million, 5-mile streetcar line that they hope will reduce downtown traffic and spur development in several key areas. The city hopes a streetcar -- along with several dense, mixed-use condo projects -- would encourage development, including that of a theme park or sports stadium on an underused golf course. As justification for their expensive plan, officials point to rashes of development that occurred after Portland, Ore., and Little Rock, Ark., built their streetcar lines.

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