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I am not sure if I was misunderstood, but I find DC's building height limits infinitely preferable to the claustrophobic concrete jungle of Manhattan.

That's a rather false comparison, however - isn't it?

For one, this project is not maxing out on the allowed height. It is shorter than what the Height Act allows.

Two, the comparison here is not between the Rite Aid building and the proposal, but between the two versions of the proposal.

Three, "Manhattan" is not exactly the opposite of DC's height limited city. Plenty of Manhattan is covered in buildings much shorter than the maximum allowed in DC. Conversely, plenty of DC's height-regulated areas are also full of concrete jungles (see parts of SW around L'Enfant Plaza).

Ergo, the raw height is not what causes clausterphobia, nor does DC's height limit prevent that condition.

by Alex B. on Feb 27, 2013 1:54 pm • linkreport

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