1. Lydia DePillis responds. I'm all for upzoning only(/mostly) poor neighborhoods if that's all the extra density we can get (though here at Market Urbanism we're kind of utopians – we don't care much about political feasibility), but I'm not nearly as optimistic about inclusionary zoning as she … [Read more...]
This is how gentrification happens: Northwest DC and the height restriction
Lydia DePillis wrote the Washington City Paper's cover story on the case for Congress overturning DC's height limit, which should be very familiar to readers of this blog. It's got some interesting history in it (DC's height limit was apparently influenced by George Washington's personal aesthetics, … [Read more...]
A handful of tall buildings being allowed on Paris’ outskirts
I'm sure this is a copyright violation, but this blog isn't very big and hopefully the AFP will appreciate the free translation. There were so many interesting things in this article about Paris' first experiment in over 30 years with tall buildings, and American sources make the plan sound a lot … [Read more...]
1. Cap'n Transit weighs in on the ARC debate, and shows that Chris Christie is more interested in shifting resources to his suburban constituents than to cutting spending. Here's the best part: Editorial board member: What’s the difference between a gas tax hike and a fare hike, besides who it … [Read more...]
Carroll Gardens, Choose Only One: Setback or Height Restriction?
NY Times - Carroll Gardens: The Big Front Yards That Rob the StreetsAlthough the yards serve as leafy margins to the streets, creating ample open space between the rows of brownstones arrayed on either side, they also put those streets into the “wide” category for zoning purposes. This means … [Read more...]