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

April 12, 2012

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:

.@postlocal @mayorvincegray Absolutely not. Please continue to preserve the integrity of this city.

— Allison Finder (@Allie_Gato) April 12, 2012

i don’t want it i like the landscape as it is “@postlocal: Do you think D.C. is ready for taller buildings? @mayorvincegray:

— Kimber Charlotte Red (@CoaKoMocha) April 12, 2012

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

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.
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