Housing Complex

Morning Links

D.C. issues call for developers for Mount Vernon Triangle site. [WBJ]

$100 million later, Woodson High School is still falling apart. [WJLA]

Low-rise, high-density? A formula for sunshine and ugliness. [Atlantic Cities]

An argument in favor of preserving the West Heating Plant. [GGW]

Scenes from the D.C. Council's DHCD oversight hearing. [CNHED]

A "discotheque meets après-ski chalet" is coming to Dupont. [Young and Hungry]

D.C.'s first marijuana dispensary is set to open within weeks. [DCist]

The best real estate deals of the year. [WBJ]

Today on the market: Truxton condos

  • jcm

    "Low-rise, high-density? A formula for sunshine and ugliness."

    I guess you've never been to Europe? It's chock full of beautiful, high density, low rise cities.

  • Mrs. D

    THIS ISN'T EUROPE!!111!1?%^* -every NIMBY ever

    No, seriously, there are great examples of attractive low-rise density throughout the world, but just go look at the pictures in the article. They're "celebrating" the AWFUL "urban renewal" "brutalist" style (yes, all those quotation marks mean exactly what you think). We *could* do low-rise density beautifully like many, many other countries. For some reason, we won't. And, of course, low-rise density isn't ideal everywhere. There's no reason that busy mixed-use corridors right on top of transit shouldn't be mid-rise (because there really is no such thing as "high rise" in DC).

  • Eckingtonian

    Go look at most of the low-rise, moderate income housing being built now in Europe. Better yet, look at the low-rise that was built in the 1970s. It's really ugly, just like the American stuff. Yes, Europe has a lot of truly lovely old low-rise stuff. That's because the cheap, ugly low rise was knocked down over the centuries, leaving the nice, well-built old buildings. Because American cities are relatively new, (and because American buildings were, until the late 19th century, mostly built out of wood), most of our moderate density housing is ugly stuff left over from urban renewal. It's not because Europe is awesome and knows how to do low rise, while America doesn't. It's because they have centuries of wealthy building history that we lack. And because the Europeans usually build their hideous, cheap low-rise housing in the outer rings of cities, well away from the areas that tourists see. Thanks to America's somewhat weird demographic and infrastructure history, we have all this stuff right in the center of town, where everyone's eyes can burn in agony.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Eckingtonian: I'm going to steal your last sentence "..where everyone's eyes can burn in agony."

    Awesome.

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