If you're a cynic, you might think that the MetroLink is just a glorified shuttle system between parking lots. As a consequence, a number of the stations might seem like aesthetic afterthoughts -- a series of cookie-cutter platforms. Downtown's Eighth and Pine, though, is a stone-carved underground cavern that makes you feel as if you've walked into a bona fide subway system. It's got personality, a distinct metropolitan flavor and no dirty parking lot, fortunately. And unlike the similarly designed America's Center stop, it opens into one of downtown's friendliest and most open areas. The skyscrapers are brighter and less oppressive, and just a block away is a beautiful expanse of green where you can while away an afternoon. Without any concrete tourist attraction, it seems like a stop reserved for those who know and appreciate the city.
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