Like many of greater Seattle’s suburban commercial districts, Lynnwood’s is a tedious landscape of strip malls, parking lots and squat office buildings. As Gertrude Stein famously remarked about Oakland, California, there’s no there there.
Light rail in Seattle has been a disappointment. The train trip from downtown to the airport, for example, usually takes nearly twice as long as by car. But with two new stations opening up recently in hard-to-reach locations, commuters may finally begin to see value in the system.