Vertically Challenged

Vertically Challenged

At a congressional hearing this week revisiting the 1910 Height of Buildings Act, which governs building limits in D.C., two planning officials who are also Loeb Fellows represented opposing viewpoints. D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning (LF ‘04) argued for sensible relaxation of the limits to allow for smart growth and accommodate a growing residential population, a position for which she’s been vilified in some quarters ("It's Not Easy Being a Troublemaker Like Harriet Tregoning," 11/12/13). Marcel Acosta (LF ‘01), executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission warned that taller buildings could adversely alter Washington’s "unmistakable and symbolic skyline."

Read about the duel.

"Would taller buildings ruin the Washington, D.C., skyline?Los Angeles Times, 12/2/13.

"Old Washington Building Rules Meet Push for Change,” Washington Post, 12/2/13.

"Issa Offers Hope for D.C. Autonomy on Building Heights,” Washington City Paper, 12/2/13.

"Old Washington Building Rules Meet Push for Change,” New York Times, 12/2/13.

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