LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resident Has Interesting Idea for Burien's New Mural 1I am not an artist, but I do have a suggestion for the mural on Fourth Avenue.
It would be historically accurate and it would reflect who we are as a community.
The mural should start out on one side showing the mature shade trees that used to line Fourth Avenue. The painting could show people enjoying the cool shade on a hot summer day.
Mid-way through the mural, the scene would change to after we cut down the trees, leaving the ugly, blank wall and hot pavement.
In place of the trees you could paint seven stumps, and by each stump would be one of the council members of the time:

  • Joan McGilton – Mayor
  • Rose Clark – Deputy Mayor
  • Sue Blazak – Council Member
  • Kathy Keene – Council Member
  • Lucy Krakowiak – Council Member
  • Sally Nelson – Council Member
  • Gordon Shaw – Council Member

This would reflect the character of Burien: we cut trees.
Attached are photos showing of how Fourth Avenue looked before the chainsaws, and afterwards.
– Jim Branson

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4th Ave SW before...


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...and 4th Ave SW now.


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