Over at Seattle Transit there is a post about a misinformed blog over at Crosscut. The part of the argument that rubbed me the wrong way and Diamajin gets right was that no one gets that you build transit then the densities will follow. We learn this the most from the Arlington Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor in DC. They put the subway in and limited the growth to the corridor to protect the surrounding neighborhoods. Now they get 32% of the county tax revenue from 7% of the land because of the transit and land use combination. This area densified (to 7,700 people per square mile) and would not have look anything like the famous picture below if it wasn't for the subway. The most interesting statistic is that 73% of riders walk to the station. I wish people would get real and understand that you don't need to already be like New York and Chicago, but you can grow corridors that have densities to support urbanism.