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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Monday, April 16, 2012

Will D.C. Get Taller?

The Washington Post runs a story on a re-newed push to loosen Washington D.C.'s building height restrictions:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has spoken with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in recent weeks about ways Congress could amend height regulations that limit most city buildings to 130 feet. . .

The mayor’s stance will likely prompt a backlash from some civic groups and preservationists, who have long sought to protect city views. “We hold these national monuments as a treasure to be viewed and enjoyed and respected by people from all over the world and, for that reason, the current height limitations ought to be maintained. Period,” said William P. Lightfoot, a former D.C. Council member. “One story will block somebody’s view, and that is wrong.”

Steve Clowney

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