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Thayer-d, the point I'm trying to make is that the folks who complain about height usually aren't really complaining about height. We complain about height in our city because we're a special case and the anti-neighbors think that making that argument will get them more sympathy because we have a unique low and mid-rise skyline.

I'm pointing out that while it's good the building renderings look better, I agree with Nathaniel that I'm skeptical that it'll satisfy the complaining neighbors.

D.C. really needs to overhaul its approval process. The city (and region as a whole) needs more housing. We need to get better at calling obstructionism just what it is rather than letting obstructionists hide behind historic preservation or architectural styles or height or facade materials, or "sympathy to surroundings." Historical preservation standards need to be better defined to that everyone knows the rules before this process starts. Same with all other standards. We need to stop erring on the side of anti-neighbors (made sense when we had a shrinking city and the goal was to protect things from becoming parking and highways) and start erring on the side of the needs of a growing city.

by Cavan on Feb 27, 2013 4:56 pm • linkreport

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