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"Steinbrueck's work to save the Pike Place Market from the wrecking ball came in response to the city's plans, formulated in 1959 in conjunction with the Central Association of Seattle, to obtain a HUD urban renewal grant to tear down the Market and other structures in downtown Seattle between First Avenue and Western, and from Union to Lenora streets. Plans called for building a high-rise complex with residential, commercial and hotel facilities. In response, a group of supporters of the Market and members of Allied Arts of Seattle formed the Friends of the Market in 1964, led by Steinbrueck. Their campaign culminated in a successful ballot initiative in 1971 which established a seven-acre historic district around the Market, saving it from demolition--and a historical commission to oversee the district, on which Steinbrueck served."
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