The Intersection of History and Place: Socio-Spatial Strategies for Housing Women and Artists
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Pioneer Square has experienced deterioration paradoxically due to unintended consequences from legislation intended to save its historic buildings from demolition. As old uses have become defunct, this legislation makes it difficult to reuse historic buildings or to create new ones in the district's many vacant lots. The inability to redevelop has resulted in a deteriorated spatial environment that has become a magnet for social ills. Not only is the area over-run with crime but it has a high homeless population and related social services. On the other hand, low rents have attracted many artists who are active contributors to community life.
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