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By Clair Enlow
January 24, 2001
Was one century enough for Pioneer Square? Accidents of nature and traffic have recently reminded us that the place is not only precious, but very fragile. The neighborhood -- with its unique blend of Gold Rush claptrap, turn-of-the-century splendor and tourist kitsch -- is having a run of bad luck.
The center of the frontier boomtown was rediscovered and restored a generation ago, only to be trammeled by sports fans, discovered by high-tech tycoons and overwhelmed by the architectural momentum of the last two years.
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