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It was very interesting to read the take on the Capitol. But if the architecture might be amenable to going in sustainable directions, the land use is terrible.

The Capitol Mall gutted what had been a thriving residential neighborhood, whose residents shopped and nourished our downtown. Now there are several blocks that are utterly desolate after 5pm and on weekends. As DAS and the Capitol Planning Commission consider how to accommodate shifting Legislative functions temporarily for the seismic work, they should also consider mixed-use projects or configurations to mitigate some of the emptiness of the "marble ghetto."

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