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While Vancouver’s proposal for a streetcar languishes (why not at least a return of the heritage tram to Science World?), Washington, D.C. gets the bug:

The District’s proposed 37-mile citywide streetcar system could attract up to 7,700 new jobs, raise property values by up to $7 billion and bring in as much as $8 billion in new development over the next decade, according to a study released last week by the D.C. Office of Planning. …  

Chris Leinberger, a senior fellow and land use expert at the Brookings Institution, said the projected $7 billion boom in property values is a conservative estimate, and that the streetcar system would accelerate more growth, particularly beyond the Northwest quadrant.

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