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It drives me crazy to hear people tap into the "Manhattan" hyperbole. Philadelphia and Baltimore also have buildings taller than seven stories. So do smaller cities like Richmond and Wilmington. So what? The only other city I can think of where people complain about buildings taller than two stories is London. It's pretty unusual in the United States to hear people complain about seven story buildings in core residential areas in walking distance of downtown.

David is correct that changing the look can be productive and show good faith on the developer's part. It can be very productive, if the neighbors don't move their goalposts because they actually desire no change whatsoever. I hope that's not the case with this 13th Street proposal (right next to the Metro!). I have to agree with Nathaniel that eventually you have to approve something and break ground. The inmates can't run they asylum. Otherwise, you'll never stabilize rents in the District and region as they'll remain scarce.

by Cavan on Feb 27, 2013 2:34 pm • linkreport

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