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Thanks for the coverage of the proposal to build a 14-story building at First and Pike, where, Victor Steinbrueck wrote in his book “Market Sketchbook,” “the character of the market begins to be revealed.”

Steinbrueck and Friends of the Market stopped the demolition of the Market itself back in 1971. We have fought to preserve this heart of our city for the past 50 years. The potential for a string of tall structures across from the Market is all too real as Seattle loses its history in a headlong building spree. We need a creative solution from our public officials to preserve the character of this historic Market entrance. “The life of the city flows through here,” wrote Steinbrueck.

The Market should not have to crouch behind a towering wall of gray glass boxes.

Sara Patton, Seattle, Friends of the Market Advocacy Committee