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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Is D.C. ready for taller buildings? (Poll)

Some District and federal government officials are interested in stretching the limits of D.C.’s building-height rules.
View of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC from Columbia Heights on April 10, 2012. Early lawmakers set a limit on building heights in the District. Some D.C. officials are working to amend the regulation that limits building heights to 11 or 12 stories so that developers can build larger buildings in up-and-coming areas like Anacostia or Ft. Lincoln. (Bonnie Jo Mount - WASHINGTON POST)

According to The Post’s Tim Craig, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and U.S. Rep Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have met in recent weeks about relaxing regulations that require most city buildings to stay under 130 feet. (Trivia! The District’s height limit has nothing to do with the U.S. Capitol. Congress approved the restrictions in 1899 after a 160-foot Cairo apartment building was erected on Q Street NW, and then set stricter rulls in 1910.)

“We haven’t come to any firm conclusions, but we are definitely talking about it,” Gray said. “It would help hugely with economic development.”

We asked our readers on Twitter what they thought, and here are a couple of quick responses from the peanut gallery:

Now, it’s your turn: Is the sky the limit for the District? Tell us by taking the poll below:

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