London Skyline. CC image from Elliot Brown.
One dynamic that comes up in DC’s height limit debates is the tension between gains and losses, impacts on the city and benefits to it. New development can clearly add value, but the question is if that value is a mere ‘give-away to developers’ or if citizens (the
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Downtown Seattle. Photo by author.
On land use procedure:
In the same line as my previous post about procedural hurdles to adding density, a similar discussion is happening in Seattle. Within the larger realm of procedural hurdles, this focus picks up on the idea of a ‘density’ party. While party organization is a part of the
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CC image from Eric Wilfong
Some quick notes:
1. DC rents continue to rise:
While the vacancy rate for the Metro area is indeed low, it is most pronounced among Class A buildings in the District where just 1.6 percent of apartments are vacant. Class A rents in the city in the third quarter averaged $2,582/month, up
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Soccer in the Circle, from M.V. Jantzen
The World Cup is underway.
England in Roo-ins: The cup means large gatherings of fans and sweet commercials (even the older ones).
Infrastructure: Jarrett Walker takes a look at some of the transit improvements for South Africa, building off the notion that large scale events like the World Cup can
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