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Tall buildings are toast

Our horizontal city will remain so for now (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

It does not appear that the height restrictions on D.C. buildings will be changing anytime soon. At the end of a five-hour meeting Tuesday, the National Capital Planning Commission voted to reject the most aggressive recommendations that the joint local-federal body had considered: loosening the 1910 Height Act now to allow higher buildings outside the historic core of the city sometime in the future. Instead, the commission recommends only modest changes — removing antiquated fire-protection language and allowing human occupancy of penthouses now reserved for mechanical systems. Those recommendations will be passed on to Congress, where the wishes of Mayor Vincent C. Gray and his planning deputies for significant height flexibility are likely to be dashed. More from WBJWAMU-FMUrbanTurf and Housing Complex.

In other news:

D.C. Council members, with the exception of Marion Barry, don’t want building heights changed (Housing ComplexDCistWAMU-FM)

UDC board keeps sports for now, but votes to cut 17 lightly enrolled degree programs (Post)

O Street Market, once a symbol of neighborhood violence, now reflects a gentrifying Shaw (Post)

The high-pitched fight over a small bar and restaurant is par for the course in Brookland (Post)

Long-awaited Tax Revision Commission report is coming soon (Post)

Vince Gray marries gay couple at city hall (WAMU-FMWUSA-TVWRC-TVBladeDCistLoose Lips)

Activists launch push for $12.50 minimum wage ballot measure (WaTimesWAMU-FMWTTG-TVWNEW-FM)

Bloomingdale bar tweets about minimum wage debate, regrets it (GOG)

City rolls out unified DCPS/charter lottery (PostGGW)

Kaya Henderson suggests DCPS students be funneled to charter middle schools: “What was she thinking?” (GGW)

Florida congressman is charged in D.C. with cocaine possession; set for Superior Court appearance today (Post)

Charter school board okays plans from two major operators (Post)

GAO voucher report is another demerit for the CYITC (Post editorial)

Dino can’t make it in Cleveland Park anymore (GOGY&H)

“Americana music venue” has first dibs on coveted Georgetown bar license (Current via DishG’town Metropolitan)

Stein Club won’t, in fact, get its first transgender president (Blade)

The old Glen Echo trolley line could become a recreational trail in the Palisades (WashCycle)

Mary Cheh wants to ban minors from using tanning beds (WRC-TV)

It’s not just “the olds” who are concerned about nightlife noise (Post letter)

Lots of condos for Trinidad (UrbanTurf)

UIP-led group buys Capitol Park Towers in Southwest (MHN)

Where the Bikeshare stations are (BeyondDC)

At the Yards, “free-form artwork” involving a blank wall and 200 cans of paint (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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