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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Raise the height limit? That’s part of a bigger question

Should D.C. raise its height limit? A study aims to answer this question, but we can’t consider this issue entirely in a vacuum. The real question is, where should D.C. grow?

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and DC Office of Planning (OP) are running the study, which includes five public meetings over the next two weeks, starting this Saturday in Tenleytown.

Rapidly-rising housing prices in the District show that many more people want to live in D.C. than do today. Without extra supply, that means more gentrification, and greater numbers of less wealthy renters getting pushed out of their longtime neighborhoods.

More supply isn’t the only solution, but it’s an important piece. In short, D.C. is building housing fast, but not fast enough.

So where should this housing go? There are obstacles to new housing just about everywhere.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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