Annexation, Town Square Foreclosure, Shoreline Plan Top 2010 In Burien

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2010 was a year of both growth and growing pains for the Burien area, which grew by 45% when annexation went into effect April 1st, making it the 21st largest city in the state, surpassing Olympia.

But the city also suffered when its Town Square project went into foreclosure, waterfront residents rallied against the council’s updated Shoreline Master Plan, and the new Animal Control program had problems.

Combine those stories with the opening of a new ER at Highline Medical Center, the re-opening of Burien Nissan, various crime sprees, a young woman’s shocking suicide, a retiring councilmember, a close local election and much more, and you’ve got our annual “Top 11 Stories of the Year” post for 2010:

11. BUSINESS: After several ‘cat and mouse’-like teases, Car Pros finally re-opened Burien Nissan, which had been closed since spring of 2009:

10. MEDICAL: Highline Medical Center (BTB Advertiser) opened its new, state-of-the-art ER wing:

9. STATE POLITICS: Burien resident Joe Fitzgibbon defeated West Seattleite Mike Heavey to win the 34th District State Representative, Position #2 seat. The B-Town Blog sponsored five candidates forums, allowing residents to directly question the candidates.

8. CRIME: Burien suffers from numerous crime sprees, including a series of “smash and grab” ones targeting small businesses, and another where residents posted vigilante-style signs in their neighborhood:

7. CITY POLITICS: Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene announces her retirement:

6. MOTHER NATURE: Burien gets hit hard by harsh, snowy windstorm on Nov. 22nd; a major rainstorm on Dec. 11th causes a damaging mudslide:

5. ANIMAL CONTROL (or Burien’s lack of it): Burien’s new Animal Control Program suffers serious setbacks. A local woman gets attacked by a pit bull yet the city releases the animal to Yakima. Lots of animal-related news in 2010:

4. DEATH: Popular Highline High School grad, UW student and budding musician Carly Henley commits suicide:

3. FINANCIAL TROUBLE: Burien Town Square still sits mostly empty, faces foreclosure:

2. ANGRY WATERFRONT RESIDENTS: Controversy over the city’s updated Shoreline Master Plan as waterfront property owners actively fight the city’s revised proposal:

1. THE CITY GROWS: On April Fools’ Day 2010, Burien officially annexed North Highline, becoming the 21st largest city in Washington:

And since we’re a Blog that encourages our Readers to interact by Commenting on Posts, here are the Top 11 Stories that received the Most Comments in 2010:

  1. LETTER: Cats Wrongly Euthanized At Burien’s New Animal Care Shelter? (77)
  2. LETTER: Resident’s Rebuttal To German Visitor’s Letter About Lake Burien (45)
  3. TIE: Police Officer Shoots And Kills Pit Bull At Burien Apartment Tuesday Afternoon (43) LETTER: Once Annexed, Can Burien Handle An Unhealthy Arbor Lake? (43)
  4. TIE: Planning Commission Chair Fitzgibbon Announces Candidacy For State Rep. (42) LETTER: Pit Bull Victim’s Husband Rips Into City About Animal Control (42)
  5. REPORT: Burien Man Arrested In Connection With Death Of Brother (35)
  6. TIE: LETTER: Local Pet Stores Should Stop Selling Puppies; Plus, Take Our Poll (33) READER PHOTOS: “Did You Know Your Son … Is Racing Around St. Francis?” (33)
  7. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Reader’s Review Of Our Candidates Forum (31)
  8. Councilmember Refutes Seattle Times Columnist Over White Center Annexation (30) 96 Trees Along Ambaum Blvd. SW Have Been Marked For Death By City (30)
  9. OPINION: An American’s Right To Strike Little More Than Symbolic Dissent (29)
  10. TIE: Should Dick’s Drive-In Build A Burger Joint In/Near Burien? Vote Now… (28) LETTER: Site For Highline Heritage Museum Should Be Moved; Take Our Poll (28)
  11. Doggone It, Burien Needs A New Plan For Animal Control (27)

One interesting note on the most-commented stories: seven of the Top 10 were Letters to the Editor – which makes sense since they’re already opinion-heavy posts.

It also appears that the most-commented on stories involved pets.

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