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Goot point. Manhattan actually properly regulates setbacks. You wouldn't be allowed to build K Street in midtown.

I like the height limit, but would kill it in a heartbeat if it meant that we got rid of the zoning/regulations that allow places like K Street to exist, with a lengthy canyon of identically-tall buildings with flat facades and zero setback from the street. NoMA's also starting to feel awfully claustrophobic as it gets built out.

Back to the story at hand: I agree that the massing of the original building was pretty problematic, and this design does make a lot of improvements, even though the whole thing does still feel awfully monolithic. It's a good design tweak, but still way too indicative of the bland "square box" architecture that we get so often in DC...

by andrew on Feb 27, 2013 1:02 pm • linkreport

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