Posts Tagged ‘height limits’

My Contribution to D.C.’s Most Cyclical Debate

Against my better judgment, on this week's cover I take a stab at an issue that has cropped up in District development discourse for over a century now. It's not revolutionary: People who favor judicious growth have proposed amending the Height Act to selectively allow for taller buildings before. I happen to think the best [...]

Lower Barracks Row Wants to Boost its Height Limit

In some parts of the city, building heights are limited to 90 feet, in others to 130 feet, by Congressional decree. But some areas have been kept even lower with self-imposed zoning overlays, and one of them—8th Street SE below the freeway—has outgrown its usefulness, says a “visioning report” put out by local organizations.
At the [...]

Buried Height Act Economic Analysis Revealed!

In this whole circular, somewhat academic debate over building heights, people keep referring to a 2007 Washington Post article about a city-sponsored 2003 study on the economic impacts of the Height Act. Paul Schwartzman reported:
City officials have broached the subject, although carefully. In 2003, the administration of then-Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) commissioned a study [...]

Is the Washingon D.C. Economic Partnership Trying to Tell Us Something?

What's wrong with this picture?
It's not the boutonnière-matching magenta, although that is rather eye-smarting. No, it's the puzzling incongruity of trumpeting the tall-building credentials of a guy headlining an economic development showcase in a city that will never be able to build anything like his crowning achievement, Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
Sure, Roger Frechette has a few [...]

This Would Never Happen in D.C.

While reading about the new Safeway-anchored residential development just approved in Wheaton, all I could think was: Why can't we get these kinds of buildings in the District? It's a 17-story, 486-unit, 195-foot-tall apartment complex that will add density and vibrance to the suburb's delightfully diverse and quirky town center. But it won't look like [...]

A Green Roof is Great, But It’s No Public Park

DCMud is doing an interesting series on how D.C.'s Height Act–100 years old this month–has affected the urban landscape. One of the recent entries, by architect Sacha Rosen, discusses how the forced shortness of buildings makes for an abundance of space for rooftop gardens. "No other city has the potential for the reintegration of plants [...]