After five years of working through zoning regulations and construction impediments, Los Angeles's Gold Line light rail extension is open for business. As public transportation dives deeper into the suburbs, officials are excited by the opportunity for growth in previously isolated communities outside the city's sprawl.

Los Angeles Times reporter Taylor Goldenstein writes city officials plan to make each light rail line station a hub for residential and commercial development, and are encouraged by influx of interest from developers.

The cities are in various stages of planning. Monrovia recently completed $25 million worth of infrastructure improvements and new facilities, including a park and band shell, at Station Square. Officials have also approved several projects, including the Parks apartment complex and the Lumberyard food hall concept, that are set to open within the next year or so.

The growth of Metro's light-rail network has led to significant increases in density in some areas. Perhaps the most dramatic example is Hollywood, which is seeing a boom in high-rise and mixed-use projects, many along the Red Line subway. Another is Pasadena, where numerous mid-rise apartments and condo complexes have risen near the Gold Line.

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