D.C. building heights study

Emily Chow and Gene Thorp for The Washington Post explored the change in D.C. skyline if buildings rose.

The D.C. Office of Planning has paired up with the National Capital Planning Commission to explore the potential of altering the federal Height of Buildings Act of 1910, which has defined the District’s skyline for nearly a century. With limited space for expansion and a growing population, the city is studying different ways to potentially change the height limit while preserving the distinct horizontality of the monumental skyline.

The height toggling feature and smooth transitions make it easy to compare views.

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