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Truth in advertising

I had to look up the phone number for my apartment complex yesterday so I googled it. I found the listing and was amused to see this was the description on the property owner's page:

"The Heights at Burien offers you an idyllic community, nestled within towering trees and lush, green lawns. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery and stunning views of Puget Sound, you are enticed inside by a tree-lined drive and welcomed into a charming neighborhood of spacious, colonial-style apartment homes.

Outside you will find a community garden and covered picnic areas while inside you will enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center and resident business center. Once inside your newly renovated apartment home you will enjoy updated, European cabinetry, appliances, flooring and lighting and you will enjoy inviting friends or family over for an evening of entertainment.

The Heights at Burien offers an optimal location with Sea-Tac International Airport within minutes of your home as well as a perfect shopping experience at South Center Mall. For outdoor recreation, golfing, parks and Seahurst Beach are moments away, providing opportunities for a scenic stroll or picnic. Conveniently located for public transportation with easy access to downtown, The Heights at Burien is only minutes from work, major attractions and all that the Seattle area has to offer.

It is a community, it is a neighborhood, it is a lifestyle.

The Heights at Burien: It is home."

If there were truth in advertising, the advert would read:

"The Heights at Burien offers you an eclectic community of drug dealers, multi-generational households, and single parent/latchkey kid households. It is nestled within towering trees and dirt covered lawns. Surrounded by broken down cars on blocks and stunning views of the overflowing dumpsters, you are enticed inside by a tree-lined drive and welcomed into a charming neighborhood of cramped, military-style apartment homes.

Outside you will find a community cigarette butt garden and graffiti-covered picnic areas while inside you will enjoy ancient washers and dryers located conveniently in the dank basement of each building. Once inside your apartment home you will enjoy quaint antique appliances, flooring and lighting. Enjoy open expanses of wall space without the clutter of excess electrical outlets. We believe in community so you'll be able to hear everything your neighbors say and do on the other side of the paper thin walls. Let the mellow contact high from your neighbor's marijuana parties and the soothing sounds of Tejano music mixed with domestic violence lull you to sleep. You will look forward to your friends and family inviting you over to their house for dinner.

The Heights at Burien offers an optimal location with Little Pat's Diner within minutes of your home as well as a perfect shopping experience at the Burien community garage sale. For outdoor recreation, the Burien police department has cleaned out the crack park across Ambaum Way providing opportunities for a scenic stroll or picnic, before dark that is. Conveniently located for public transportation with easy access to downtown, The Heights at Burien is only minutes from work, major attractions and the county courthouse to take care of those pesky warrants.

It is a community, it is a neighborhood, it is a ghetto.

The Heights at Burien: Don't forget your bullet proof vest."

Yep, that's more like the place I call home.

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Oh $HI*
I just had to move on the drop of a hat situation and ended up here at the Heights. I knew I was in a rough area after a situation unfolded before my very eyes just down the street.

I was stopped by a Wells Fargo Bank here in Burien at a traffic light. I happened to notice some activity in a parking lot out of the right corner of my eye. To my utter surprise, I saw a HUGE fight going on in this club parking lot! 20-30 people involved and what was even worse is that I noticed lifeless bodies littering the ground.

I sat there in utter amazment as I watched this guy run up to one of the bodies on the ground and start pounding the victim in the head with a huge pipe over and over again as people were screaming in complete chaos. I decided that I had watched enough of this and decided to go in for a closer look. I wanted to see if there was any way possible for me to stop that guy from killing the dude on the ground.

As I pulled up along side the guys fighting in the parking lot, then all hell broke loose. BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG... 6 gunshots rang out very close by.. I would estimate the distance of the shooter at about 80 ft from me.... way to close for comfort anyway. lol

I then took off at a fairly quick pace around a corner to put a building in between the shooter and me. As I rounded the corner I heard a larger caliber weapon start firing (I assume back at the first guy that was shooting?) Then as Im getting the hell out of dodge I heard more gun fire being exchanged.

So I finally get home safely and not 5 mins later I hear and see the police helicopters circling with the search light over the apartments here. They circled for about an hour,then left.

I hope the victims of that horror are not dead. It was really sad to see all that evil and I am just happy to have gotten away safely.

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