In the 1960s, Seattle Southside’s central location and crossing highways resulted in further development and construction. This construction boom culminated in the opening of Southcenter Mall in 1968, which would eventually become Westfield Southcenter. At the time, Southcenter Mall was one of the largest malls in the state. Nowadays, it is the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest (Stein, 1999).
Today, Seattle Southside’s history of innovation in transportation continues as the area is a central hub of Sound Transit’s Link light rail which currently connects the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila to Seattle, and will eventually go as far north as Everett, and as far south as Tacoma. Hotels, restaurants, and attractions continue to spring up around Pacific Highway and the Duwamish River, making Seattle Southside a must-visit location for leisure and business travelers for years to come.
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