Over at Hugeasscity, Dan Bertolet has a fascinating post up. It’s specifically about a big new transit-oriented development at Seattle’s Northgate Mall, but the lessons are universal. It’s about turning 9 acres of asphalt into hundreds of housing units, thousands of square feet of retail, and restoring a buried creek.

Dan’s remarks are relevant, I think, to just about any place with shopping malls, parking lots, and a desire to reshape the built environment away from cars and in favor of people. The execution at Northgate may not have been flawless, but it marks an important step forward.