Back in 1910, Washington, D.C. decided not to block out the sun by building too high. The Height of Buildings Act, still in place today, means that a structure cannot be 20 feet taller than the width of the adjacent street. The rules put a maximum of 90 feet high for residential streets, 130 feet for commercial streets, and give Pennsylvania Avenue downtown an exception by letting it go up to 160 feet. Which is to say, we're pretty much a skyscraper-less city. But should we be? Two experts debated the proposal to change the rules, with the pro-height limit argument focused on the distinctiveness of the missing high-rises.
· Can urbanists learn to love DC's height limit? [Elevation DC]
· Exploring The Issues Behind DC's Controversial Height Act [Curbed DC]