$750,000. That's what the city offered as a partly forgivable loan to local restaurateurs the Perez sisters in their negotiations with Marriot Corp. over a stretch of back-alley. But it was never really about money. It was a fight over the future of the city's heart, whether subsidies were just for big developers, and whether the small businesses that defined Downtown were to be squeezed out to make way for another skyline-ravaging tower.
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