Is Burien Planning for the Future?

What exactly is the future for Burien going to look like?

Is it going to be walk-able and park-like downtown as you can learn from Jeff Speck’s TED talk videos with skinny streets and building setbacks or will there be walls of a multi-story hotel and parking deck?

Hear how Portland had a vision 20 years ago and acted on it.  Use Chrome to view this video instead of Internet Explorer. or look at see video

Now hear how most cities don’t take action,  nor have a vision and resist change.  Use Chrome to view this video instead of Internet Explorer. or look at see video

We’re now 30 years after Portland made plans and 20 years after Burien planned the library and city offices.  It seems Burien is still planning the future around automobiles & parking, instead of people.  I’m not against automobiles, I happen to own 3 of them.  Just we need to stop making decisions where automobiles are the 1st priority.  We should set an objective where residents can easily walk less than 20 minutes to businesses that meet all basic daily, non-work needs in the next 10 years.

Seriously, look at some of the absolutely architecturally bleak townhouses that are being built where small single family homes previously existed destroying neighborhoods.  Why do these exist? How can there possibly be demand for such soulless shells?

Ultimately, usually to late, city leaders realize there’s alternatives to the urban sprawl that is transforming Seattle neighborhoods.  This can happen here in the next few years, too.   Let’s create a city that people and business want to come and live because it ‘cool’ to be here.   We just need to be innovative, have leadership and vision; instead of reacting and letting developers make the decisions.

City leaders should provide a vision of what Burien will look like in the next 5, 10, 20 years?   Burien should set an objective calling for vibrant neighborhoods in which 90% of Burien residents can easily walk in an enjoyable 10 minute walk to meet all basic daily, non-work needs in the next 10 years. 

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