Lynnwood

Lynnwood


At the northern edge of the Greater Seattle area sits Lynnwood, acting as a gatekeeper to the wider world. Lynwood’s original center as the northern boundary for greater Seattle—beyond which are Everett and its environs--was on Highway 99. With the advent of Interstate 5 to the east, so moved Lynwood. Alderwood mall is one of the many retail meccas that define Lynwood. When it was built, to the east of Highway 99, along Interstate 5, it helped to define the new, easterly commercial center. That center was cemented with the addition of Interstate 405, whose northern terminus and rejoining of Interstate 5 occurs in Lynwood.

This crossroads makes it a great retail location, drawing in patrons from the northern suburbs of Seattle, as well as from the rural burghs to the north, in Snohomish County. While Lynnwood is currently served from Seattle by the old highway (99) and the new one (Interstate 5), it was once also served by the Interurban, a trolley that ran from Seattle north to Everett. With the end of that service, it has been changed to the Interurban Trail, a bike path that runs through the suburb.

Lynnwood’s old city center, along Highway 99, retains the charm and many of the businesses from the old days. You can still spend an evening skating at the Skate and Bowl, or eating at one of the old school diners. The area has not remained frozen in time, though, by any means. As the center of town moved east to the interstate and with it the big box stores and mall businesses, storefronts and restaurants filled up with the areas newest immigrants and Lynnwood is now known for its diverse selection of goods and restaurants along the old highway.




°