City of Burien installs two tall, yellow plastic News Racks downtown

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The City of Burien has installed two tall, yellow plastic News Racks downtown – one in front of Grand Central Bakery on SW 152nd Street, and the other in front of the main Post Office.

These racks have compartments for three free publications from the city, including the City Newsletter, Burien Recreation Guide and the Spanish language newsletter.

“As most people may know, we have stopped sending the City newsletter in the mail to all households and businesses in Burien, instead sending them out electronically and mailing printed editions only to those who have requested to be on our mailing list,” reads a note on the city’s Facebook page. “Our Parks Dept. has also significantly reduced the number of Recreation Guides being mailed out. Our intent with the news racks is to help make the printed newsletters and brochures available to people who are no longer receiving them in the mail. The City used to pay about $3,500 in postage for each edition of the City newsletter. Now we’re paying less than $500 per edition. The news racks cost the City about $200 each, a one-time cost.”

And apparently, more are coming.

“We’ll place additional news racks around Burien after the spring newsletter and rec brochures come out,” reads another note.

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7 Responses to “City of Burien installs two tall, yellow plastic News Racks downtown”
  1. lijo says:

    Yeah, kind of tacky. Was that really a necessary expenditure?

  2. TcB says:

    If this replaces direct mailings, I appreciate the city trying to curb costs

  3. jimmy says:

    can the city please put in some more of these but just around lake burien and 3 tree in random more obnoxious colors and maybe with some blinking neon lights that happen to kinda look like a middle finger from a distance I think the rest of city would be very please with this

  4. Bonnieoormeier says:

    Smaller and less obtrusive would be my vote.

  5. TbC says:

    Those ought to help keep the city’s litter crew busy.

  6. South of Border says:

    The tall, yellow news racks:

    It seems that the City saves about $30K-$40K per year in printing and mailing cost, and someone said it’s a waste of tax payers’ money…

    Yes, it’s bright yellow. Also a vibrant color found on sport cars, flowers, the sun… catchy and, God forbids, might entice someone to notice and pick up a copy of the City news for a chance…and someone said it’s tacky…

    It’s located right next to Seattle Times, Westside News, Real Estate News, Highline Times, etc…and someone said it alone will cause litter…

    Those staffers at the City Hall…what were they thinking??

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