21-Story Towers in Santa Monica?

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Santa Monica Place was a trendy shopping mall when it opened 24 years ago, but it-s been eclipsed by the Third Street Promenade. It-s also an impediment to traffic from Third Street to Civic Center, Santa Monica Pier and the beach. Now the Macerich Co, which owns the mall, has plans to open it up, while accommodating both retail and office space, and building residential towers 21 stories high. The latest proposal to upgrade the struggling Santa Monica Place shopping mall already has been declared "dead on arrival" by one city councilman. But everybody agrees that change is inevitable in one of Southern California-s most livable central cities.
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