‘Dreaming of a Better Burien’? Join a Protest Dance at Oct. 15 Council Meeting

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Rendering of Harbor Urban’s proposed apartments at the empty parcels in Burien Town Square.

A new community action group called ‘Dreaming of a Better Burien’ is putting out the call for support for “anyone who supports the idea that Burien cannot settle for apartments-only development in the remaining Town Square parcels” to take part in a protest dance at the City Council meeting this coming Monday, Oct. 15.

The group appears to be comprised of numerous artists and activists, and their protest has been going on a while – read our previous coverage here.

“It would be unconscionable to waste precious downtown core real estate on housing only,” reads an announcement. “Burien must bring in a mix of retail and restaurants, maybe a boutique hotel, maybe a larger art-house movie theatre, or other regional large-draw attractions, including other arts and cultural amenities. And definitely more green space!! Burien must have a strong, unique marketing vision for solid, long-term economic success.”

“If you believe that Burien needs a better plan for the remaining Town Square Parcels, please join Dreaming of a Better Burien as we make our presence known!”

Here are the details:

WHAT: Simple choreographed dance to a re-imagined “Imagine” by John Lennon.


  • First Rehearsal will be on October 14th at 3 PM at the Community Room of the Town Square Condos.
  • Second Rehearsal will be on October 15th at 6 PM at the Community Room of the Town Square Condos. Then we will walk to the…
  • Performance which will take place at the October 15th City Council meeting during the public comment section near the beginning.

INFO: “This is for young, old and everyone in between. You don’t need to have any dance experience. You can join in the dance, or just come to support. We will have signs designating:

  • Artist
  • Arts Supporter
  • Dreaming of a Better Burien
  • Walker
  • Parent
  • Teacher
  • Park Supporter
  • Shopper
  • Business Owner
  • Or feel free to bring your own sign.

“Please show up at the 6th St. entrance of the Burien Town Square Condos on October 14th at 3 PM. But, don’t worry if you can’t make the rehearsals. It is most important that you join us at the October 15th City Council meeting for the first ten minutes to show the city council that you support a more visionary approach to developing Town Square.”

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7 Responses to “‘Dreaming of a Better Burien’? Join a Protest Dance at Oct. 15 Council Meeting”
  1. Jullie says:

    Speaking of Junior High….let’s have a food fight instead.

  2. Vicki Hurley says:

    Hurray for whoever came up with this idea! Creativity is obviously alive and well in Burien! What an EXCELLENT way to make an important point. I’m in.

  3. jztl says:

    I’m totally for this protest, but dancing? I get that’s a way to be “different” but I don’t know if that’s a way to be taken seriously which is what the point is, right? To me dancing doesn’t say “we’re serious about this”. I really don’t want that area to be apartments so I’m just concerned about if this is an effective method. It almost seems like it’s being taken too lightly.

    • Shelli says:

      DBB is using our creative powers to make a statement! BUT will also have a written statement that is read after the very short performance. We want to have as many bodies, dancing or not, to show the council that there is strong support for development of more than apartments in the remaining Town Square parcels. For the movement portion, there will be new lyrics, with a Burien-specific message, to “Imagine”.

  4. Frances says:

    I have an idea lets just pave the land so we can dance on the property. Isn’t this private property that the City wants to take?

  5. Shari says:

    Monk once said that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” I love all four of those things but tend to heed his advice. But I like the vision this group expresses… now how do we get there?

  6. My boyhood in the 1950s and early ’60s was spent in this area. Seems to me that greater Burien’s long decline from the pleasant middle-class suburban center it was then, to the lower-class, foul-mouthed, panhandled, attitude-ridden place it is now, occurred because of a failure in protective zoning. Large numbers of small, older single-family houses were bought up, knocked down, and replaced by apartment houses . . . whose transient residents did not have the same attachment to the community as the homeowners they displaced.

    If there is anything this area does NOT need, it is more low-income housing. If the powers-that-be think low-income housing is needed, make them build it in Medina or Broadmoor or some similar rich snotty liberal enclave.

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