Weekend links: Tall poles and walkability
Image from Beyer Blinder Belle via Washington City Paper.
Giant stone pole needs massive security?:
How do you build a giant security screening facility
at the Washington Monument? (Housing Complex) ... Better yet, how about not having the screening at all? It's already got a vehicle barrier.
Really tall pole for your phone?:
Montgomery County planners are evaluating whether to allow AT&T and the International Monetary Fund to build a 155-foot "Frankenpine"
cell tower along the Potomac. (Historian for Hire)
Non-ugly building joining 14th Street:
The HPRB has approved an infill project
on 14th between P and Q. The original design had Frank Gehry-like skewed angles; personally, I [David] am glad HPO was there to put the kibosh on that plan.
Walkable is desirable:
A decade ago, car-dependent suburbs commanded the highest housing prices per square foot. Now the title goes to Dupont Circle
and other close-in, walkable communities. (Washington Monthly, Eric Fidler)
LaHood on livability:
U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood defines the term 'livability'
and highlights DC and Chicago as examples of livable cities. (Grist, Eric Fidler)
Remaking the market:
Pittsburgh reopened its downtown market square
. The city created one unified space by closing the two streets that previously quartered the square. (PPS, Eric Fidler)
DC has height limits, but Los Angeles skyscrapers are required
to have flat roofs for airborne firefighters. So much for spires. (City Block, Eric Fidler)
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