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Chinatown San Fran: Chinatown hopes return of St. Mary’s Square project will retain traditional feel

In ultradense Chinatown, open space is a commodity -- as is sunlight.
Community advocates won the battle to preserve both at St. Mary's Square more than a decade ago during the dot-com boom, when the developer of a proposed high-rise office building at 350 Bush St. that would have cast a shadow over the square agreed to build an extension of the park as a compromise.
Before the 19-story building -- the last opportunity for an office skyscraper north of Market Street -- could be occupied, the developer would have to ........ read more