Construction through the Rainier
Valley brought with it years of traffic and business interference,
and a rather miserable feeling for residents and store owners, and travelers along
and near the affected roadway and its cross streets.
Yet at the same time, the area, which once was quite blighted, began undergoing a
major renewal, which was
continuing upon the line's opening in 2009, and beyond -- despite the difficult economic
The neighborhood near the Othello Station has become amazingly ethnically diverse, and the
businesses that line the area are interesting to view. This
shopping center in the background contains stores
catering to many cultures. There has been much new residential
construction all along MLK Jr. Way S, and substantial building is continuing.