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hmm.

1. Alex, it wasn't the brick but the design. The building renderings looks pretty much like lots of similar buildings constructed in the city.

2. wrt "a pool," all the more reason to have a citywide parks and rec plan, with sector subplans. Who knows what the priorities are for that area, what UDC does (e.g., an inventory, etc.). But yes, other comments that this would be a high risk low return contribution by a developer are apt.

3. Gables, the buildings look alike, just sized differently. But the gables building uses brick more creatively. I'm not saying it's the best building in the world, just a little less cookie cutter.

4. wrt creative urbanist13's point about community benefits, yep, the system is broken. For one it doesn't assign a monetary value to density bonuses. For another the process isn't very open or rigorous. I've argued that is intentional, to reduce the outlays on developers.

http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2008/06/community-benefits-agreements-revised.html

5. fongfong, the way DC does design review isn't the only way. There are hundreds of such bodies across the US. Some work well, others don't. Typically, if you look at how it's done elsewhere, there are local design review committees, with people with expertise appointed, and they have relevant experience.

I think the big thing is based on the architectural significance of an area, to set design expectations along those lines. DK the AU situation you described, but I'd call in a landscape architecture historian to weigh in.

I wouldn't say this is the greatest, but this is a nice webpage, http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/applicantsGuide.pdf

Baltimore has a good system too.

http://www.baltimorecity.gov/Government/AgenciesDepartments/Planning/UrbanDesignArchitectureReviewPanel/DevelopmentProjects.aspx

Today, I came across an incredible publication by Roanoke, the Residential Pattern Book. It also has a section on Neighborhood Patterns --Downtown, Urban, and Suburban, which offers relevance to DC.

http://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/vwContentbyKey/N2862HC6939BTFKEN?open

Similarly, for DR on the Avenues, at least CT, MA, and 16th Street, which are particularly known for large apartment buildings, I'd develop guidelines based on that kind of typology. I don't know of a good district elsewhere as a model, but it must be out there.

One can start too, as a resource, with Goode's book _Best Addresses_ and some of the basic architectural history books on apartment buildings--if there are any.

by Richard Layman on Feb 26, 2013 5:59 pm • linkreport

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