Monopoly To Feature Real Cities

Mr. Monopoly holds two buttons urging a vote for either Broadway or Times Square as he stands in Times Square after he made an appearance on ABC-TV's Good Morning America, in New York, Monday, April 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Hasbro, Ray Stubblebine) AP Photo/Hasbro/Ray Stubblebine

Landmarks from Cleveland, Seattle and other cities will have a spot on the board of a new Monopoly game due out this summer.

The Monopoly Here & Now edition will feature attractions from 22 cities. Online voters get to choose which landmarks show up on the board. Voting started Monday and ends May 12 at the Monopoly Web site.

The Seattle choices are Puget Sound, Pioneer Square or the Pike Place Market. In Cleveland they include the Indians' Jacobs Field; Euclid Avenue, lined with 19th and early 20th centuries mansions; and the North Coast Harbor along Lake Erie, a cultural district with museums, a World War II submarine and the Browns' stadium.

The top vote-getter from each city gets a place on the board, and the overall top vote getter will replace the high-rent blue space occupied by Boardwalk on the traditional board.

As of early Tuesday, the city getting the highest number of ballots cast was New York, where Times Square had 63 percent of the 58,184 votes to beat out Central Park and Broadway. For Washington, he White House took 56 percent of the 53,973 votes and, for Boston, Fenway Park had 66 percent of 53,367 votes.

The new Hasbro Inc. game, which will sell for $30, also will feature contemporary tokens, airports in place of railroads, larger bills and higher rents.

On the Net, Monopoly: http://www.hasbro.com/monopoly
  • Amy Bonawitz

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