The theme of this issue is “neighborhoods”. The pandemic has meant most of us had to stick closer to home. Our local block became the setting of most of our daily lives. As we spend more time in our neighborhoods, now seems the right time to explore what we love about them!
In this issue, we introduce an important city planning process called subarea planning and share how we are working with the community to plan for the future of the Ambaum Blvd Corridor and Boulevard Park neighborhoods.
As we envision the future of those neighborhoods, it’s important to also acknowledge their history. In this issue, we debut the Burien Neighborhood Map, where you’ll find short histories of Burien neighborhoods, as well as other important points of interest. You’ll also read about the Burien City Council’s efforts to develop a Native land acknowledgment.
You’ll read stories of people caring for their neighborhood parks and volunteering to help their neighbors in need. We are also sharing messages of hope from some our local leaders who have worked diligently to help our community make it through the pandemic.
Signs of spring are all around us. With the continued rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, more and more of us will be enjoying its protection. We can begin to imagine a time when we can gather in person again and reconnect in ways that haven’t been possible for more than a year. As we emerge from this very difficult year, now is the time to look around and see how we all can invest back into our neighborhoods and our neighbors.