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Old August 13th, 2010, 06:34 PM   #61
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Keep the skyscrapers in Virginia
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Old August 13th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #62
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Yes - I do agree skyscrapers would ruin the Capitol area's character.
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Old August 14th, 2010, 01:04 AM   #63
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and considering this: on this forum there are some political "facts" that are so widely accepted as truth that there isn't much room for debate, like "the united states is the ultimate country of evilness, backwardsness and badness."
I believe the correct term is "evilitude", thank you.



Also there's plenty of room left downtown. Just look at the vast expanses of parking lots in parts of SE...
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Why spoil such a landscape?
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I think Washington Dc is better without skyscrapers but tysons corner and Norfolk Virgina, the surrounding area should be able to build tall. maybe a 700' foot limit.
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Rosslyn is basically DC's business district. It has plenty of mid and high rises - detached from the District itself.
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Can anyone guess what is the maximum building height possible for the D.C. metropolitan area? (For the surrounding areas outside D.C. itself.) 169 m (the height of the Washington Monument)? 200 m?
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Cities like Washington, Ottawa, Brasilia, Canberra, and Berlin will increasingly be valued for breaking from the template that others are all following. None of these cities are the principal commercial/financial hub of their respective country so don't have the need to cram in skyscrapers like London or Paris do.

That said I know they're proposing 50 floor+ towers a few km from downtown Ottawa so perhaps that's what cities like this will do. They'll build tall clusters on the outskirts.
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The capital should do sort of what like paris did and make the height limit slightly taller than their tallest monument( 50 meters or so taller)
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Can anyone guess what is the maximum building height possible for the D.C. metropolitan area? (For the surrounding areas outside D.C. itself.) 169 m (the height of the Washington Monument)? 200 m?
The CSA, which is Baltimore-Washington, has buildings over 160m. For a metro of 10 million though, this isnt too impressive. Rosslyn cant have anything above 400' because of National Airport. The only potential skyscraper CBD with anything above 200m is Tysons Corner and that will likely top out at 500'. It's getting something that's 470' soon though: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...tal-one-tower/. Maybe Tysons Corner will break the 200m barrier in the 2030s. But I'd be slightly surprised.
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I think Washington Dc is better without skyscrapers but tysons corner and Norfolk Virgina, the surrounding area should be able to build tall. maybe a 700' foot limit.
You can get to New York from Washington faster than you can get to Norfolk. Washington and Norfolk are far apart.
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That photo is from Northern Virginia, I think Rosslyn
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 09:19 PM   #75
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That photo is from Northern Virginia, I think Rosslyn
Hwy 1 in Crystal City but the point can be extrapolated to the entire DC metro. Can a skyscraper go in anywhere in the metro???
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Old January 24th, 2016, 04:22 PM   #76
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Hwy 1 in Crystal City but the point can be extrapolated to the entire DC metro. Can a skyscraper go in anywhere in the metro???
I disagree. Definitely can be extrapolated to Northern Virginia but the Maryland side tends to do a lot better at street level (Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg). Northern Virginia is king of office parks. They are everywhere. And then, if you look at that photo you posted, they try to throw crap in like that art at the bottom left to add something but it just makes it look desperate for flavor.

Of course, throwing a skyscraper up in Crystal City (although I'm pretty sure there are height restrictions there) or Tysons Corner isn't going to add anything to these office parks but make them taller. They will still be bland and disturbingly sterile.
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Rosslyn is basically DC's business district. It has plenty of mid and high rises - detached from the District itself.
No really; it's an ancillary office district with a very high vacancy rate (~26%) and outdated office properties. Downtown DC is a behemoth and the second- or third-largest urban core in terms of office space nationally depending on what you include. Rosslyn is also limited by FAA regulations due to being next to the flight path into DCA.

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Can anyone guess what is the maximum building height possible for the D.C. metropolitan area? (For the surrounding areas outside D.C. itself.) 169 m (the height of the Washington Monument)? 200 m?
There is no maximum, although it'll only likely ever be reached in Tysons Corner for economic, zoning, flight path and planning reasons. There are proposals for upwards of 50-story condos there, but I don't know the exact heights.
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No really; it's an ancillary office district with a very high vacancy rate (~26%) and outdated office properties. Downtown DC is a behemoth and the second- or third-largest urban core in terms of office space nationally depending on what you include. Rosslyn is also limited by FAA regulations due to being next to the flight path into DCA.



There is no maximum, although it'll only likely ever be reached in Tysons Corner for economic, zoning, flight path and planning reasons. There are proposals for upwards of 50-story condos there, but I don't know the exact heights.
Those flight paths are a stickler. We have seen that here in Seattle, with Columbia Center downgraded in the mid-80's, and the new proposal for a 1,000+ building nearby also bringing red flags. However, it is my understanding that the FAA has no real authority here, if the city chooses to go beyond their recommendations they can without penalty, of course at their risk.

But back to the topic. I will go onboard with most here, DC needs to be low-rise, to enhance the monuments. This World Capitol is too important to do anything less. However, I would be in favor of areas outside the District to allow for higher zoning, with the possible exception of those in the Reagan flight path, which generally follows the Potomac River.
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It's looking like Tysons (previously 'Tysons Corner') is the only part of the DC metro area with big ambitions. It has plans to add 85,000 residents in 35 years (which passes for ambition around here) and the Fairfax County government has been a major booster in promoting the area: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/. Maybe we can get a 500' here within the next 10 years now that there's a metro station.
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Those flight paths are a stickler. We have seen that here in Seattle, with Columbia Center downgraded in the mid-80's, and the new proposal for a 1,000+ building nearby also bringing red flags. However, it is my understanding that the FAA has no real authority here, if the city chooses to go beyond their recommendations they can without penalty, of course at their risk.

But back to the topic. I will go onboard with most here, DC needs to be low-rise, to enhance the monuments. This World Capitol is too important to do anything less. However, I would be in favor of areas outside the District to allow for higher zoning, with the possible exception of those in the Reagan flight path, which generally follows the Potomac River.
The FAA does have significant say over this and while I don't always agree with them (look at how long they kept Miami's skyline suppressed), the DCA flight path is no joke. DC airspace is a no-go zone and the approach from the north into DCA means that restrictions are very much enforced in Rosslyn.

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