Plop down a new looking building in one of the nation's leading historic districts? Which way do you come down? Please vote.

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In this week’s news, a city examiner overturned the approval for Portland-based Gerding Edlen Development to proceed with a 200-apartment building at Alaskan Way South and South Jackson Street.

The examiner ruled that the scale of the glassy modern box’s “facade relative to these structures would appear so large as to be monumental at this location, dominating attention and drawing the focus away from surrounding and nearby historic buildings.”

Pioneer Square has one of the most important collections of period architecture in the nation. Opponents of the new building say it would disturb the integrity of the neighborhood. Proponents say the apartments are needed. The battle is probably not over.

Now it’s your turn:


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