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Big Plans, Empty Pockets

A lack of money is hobbling local governments' plans to transform their towns from sprawling cul-de-sac suburbs into dense urban centers....The Washington region is the nation's model for "smart growth," said University of California at Berkeley engineering professor ROBERT CERVERO, but the approach isn't a panacea. "Basically, you can't go into a depressed part of the country and expect to improve it by stacking up buildings around transit stations," he said. "It's not automatic, and there's a lot of examples where it does nothing."

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