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Mostly agree. Well said.

DC's problem is EOTR is horribly underdeveloped while everyone of course wants to go higher in already successful areas in the l'Enfant City, many of which have strained infrastructure already.

Destroying the historic old city with ticky tacky cubes that all look the same is short-sighted too. As Jacobs and Florida explain, the creative class isn't drawn to neighborhoods of nothing but concrete vertical cul-de-sacs and human file cabinets. DC needs to do much more to preserve what we have left.

Business and wealthy people will pay premiums for signature towers with views. Unfortunately a lot of the view from Popular Point will be of a Capitol dome with an elevated freeway in front of it and a slew of ugly cubes around the ball park. Many other prime view points around DC are also disappearing. Very poor or no planning.

And that's why I'm against this continually raising of the height limit in the l'Enfant City. It's always "just one more story". Just say "no" as a stick and give higher limits and other perks the city has a slew of to build where we desperately need development.

Popular Point may not be right for a la Defense if it has height limits governed by DCA. But there are dozens of good sites that are.

We can neither allow vibrant successful neighborhoods to be turned into more Crystal Cities or allow neighborhoods we've invested in infrastructure for to lay fallow.

by Tom Coumaris on Nov 8, 2012 1:09 pm • linkreport

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