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The Landmark Preservation Commission had a hearing Tuesday to determine whether Silver Towers/University Village, a concrete complex designed by I. M. Pei in 1966 as part of a Robert Moses urban renewal program, should be designated a historic landmark.
A formal vote will be held at a later date, but already, the discussion about whether to protect the buildings — located between Bleecker and Houston Streets east of LaGuardia Place — has been heated.
Some fans of Jane Jacobs’s philosophy of urban spaces find the buildings hideous. Others see the towers as important examples of postwar modernism.