for being the town of "strip malls and apartment complexes".
To illustrate this, here is an aerial photo of the main downtown area of the city.
In this shot alone, I can identify the main city mall (The Commons at Federal Way),
three supermarkets (one is just out of shot in a plaza at mid-bottom left),
a Wal-Mart, and 7 shopping centers:
Seatac Discount Plaza,
and one more whose name I don't know. Plus, just out of shot to the right of center is another one, Gateway Plaza.
And this is only the downtown.