No Office Monoculture Area
Richard Layman is concerned that NoMA is developing with too much office space and too little residential. Right now, office space is more valuable for developers to build, and with the housing market cooling, that's not about to change. Layman and Ryan Avent suggest raising the height limit. Extra floors could make it feasible to build a mix instead of all offices. On the other hand, the shortage of office space downtown is leading to a revitalization of other neighborhoods. Avent suggests DC auction off only a couple of height exceptions per year, outside of key viewsheds. That would avoid too much sudden change, keep the upward pressure in other areas, and raise a lot of money.
I tend to agree about the height limit, but even taller buildings wouldn't ensure mixed-use districts. Can our zoning simply require a certain mix? It wouldn't have to be all in the same building—
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