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Kojo Nnamdi show on building height limits inside the district


Washington Post columnist and architect Roger K. Lewis joined Kojo Nnamdi (WAMU 88.5) to dispel common misconceptions about Washington’s height rules and discuss how it’s shaped the city and it’s surrounding areas.

Among the topics discussed: how height limits are linked to width of streets, the myth that limits are tied to the height of the U.S. Capitol Dome, The Cairo Apartment Building, impact on the commerical market, and the effect on the environment. Lewis advocates keeping downtown DC limits sacrosanct but relaxing the height limits in selected areas outside the L’Enfant portion of the city. The UMD professor reiterated many times that relaxing limits is more about picking specific strategic locations in the city to increase height limits by 25-30 feet and not about doubling or tripling limits to allow skyscrapers.

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