Wednesday’s “All Things Considered” on NPR had a piece about a suburban revival transforming a DC suburb called Tysons Corner. Tysons Corner was developed from farms about forty years ago into a sprawling, car-oriented suburban nightmare, and with DC MetroRail planned through that area, urban planners are working to reinvent it. This description of driving around the area (about 3 minutes in) reminds me of the sort of places in our area I really hate, particularly Southcenter.
The whole story in general reminds me of Downtown Bellevue, which was never quite the suburban nightmare as Tysons Corner, but has been transforming into a proper city for the past few decades. Well, at least the downtown is transforming. I think that Link could have a similar effect on communities in our region, though I wonder which stations are going to transform the immediate area. Lynnwood, Tukwila, Northgate? Which areas do you think will be most re-invented by Light Rail?