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nathaniel, while I don't want to defend the wack jobs in Brookland, regardless of what you or I think about the Col. Brooks project, the fact of the matter is that it abuts against rowhouses and detached dwellings on the same block. I am not speaking about the merits of the case, just the reality of proximity and abutting.

Same goes with the project on U St. While I agree with David's post, you can see why people living across the alley, mostly in 2 story rowhouses, might have some concern about taller buildings.

Most of the projects in commercial districts do in fact abut some residential. But mostly, the general arguments from the neighborhood residents tend to reflexively argue against height, density, change, etc.

OTOH, you can argue that people shouldn't have chosen to live in abutting properties if they weren't prepared for the possibility of change. (I had those arguments with people in Brookland when I was the Main Street Manager then.)

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