The Washington skyline is a picture familiar to most people: the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Dome. Now imagine some skyscrapers in the mix. Kind of changes the effect, doesn’t it?
But the economic good that taller buildings could bring to D.C. has officials contemplating strategies to amend longstanding regulations.
The Washington Postreported that Mayor Vincent Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)—chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee—have been discussing possible ways Congress can change the height regulations that limit most buildings to 130 feet.
The officials are toying around with two different ideas; one would loosen the height restrictions just a bit, allowing an additional story or two to some buildings, and raising ceiling heights. The second idea is to allow for taller buildings to be built away from downtown, which would boost economic development in the northeast and…
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