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  • Hasn’t this been a post before or am I hallucinating?

  • Too bad… no respect for the coherence of the block.

    • Why don’t we increase the density of people in our city and stop judging people for incorporating more housing into an urban area.

      • Why don’t you do that.

        Other people have different opinions and chose to share them.

        Why don’t you stop judging peoples opinions as less valid than your own.

      • As I said in a March 28 thread:

        “And I call BS on the argument that adding pop-ups to existing rowhouses is an example of good infill housing/density.

        “There are MANY vacant lots in fairly central areas of D.C. that could easily be developed into 6-story apartment buildings. I think there are three such corner lots on Georgia Avenue between Gresham and New Hampshire. Now, THAT kind of building would be responsible infill building. THIS kind of building is myopic and selfish.

        “We’re finally seeing developers taking advantage of spaces close to Metro and creating the kind of dense housing the city needs — I’m thinking of the new apartment buildings right by the Rhode Island Ave. Metro station, and the ones going up close to the Brookland Metro station. As long as opportunities like those exist to create infill housing with substantial numbers of units, there is no real need to add units by creating pop-ups that destroy the architectural cohesiveness of a block. It’s just a developer out to make a buck, and city laws and regulations that (unfortunately) allow it.”

        • Or possibly city laws that disallow building apartment buildings on some vacant lots and thus encouraging finding loopholes like pop-ups?

        • You’re assuming every single piece of property in DC is owned by the same person, or is offered for sale at generally the same price/terms. This is not the case. A lot of the vacant lots are owned by speculators who are holding out for unreasonable prices. For a developer who makes a living selling/renting new units, the decision is not as simple as buying that nice vacant corner piece and delivering a project that is 100% identical to the building next door. The decision is more along the lines of ‘I can over-pay for the vacant lot and lose a ton of money designing a pretty building that fits in 100% with the neighbors; or I can pay a fair price for another piece of property that is owned by a reasonable seller, and make a fair return for my risk, while in the process developing a good-quality product that hopefully blends in and/or complements the surrounding neighborhood well enough.’

          The acquisition cost is typically the largest factor that determines pricing for the completed units. Developers don’t pay the same unit price for every project. When a seller demands an unreasonably high price for their vacant land/shell, that almost forces the developer to build the largest building possible — sometimes at the expense of good/compatible design — in order to have any hope of recouping their investment.

      • austindc

        Agreed, though most of the people are already pretty dense 😉

    • And when the first house were built, someone was saying “Too bad…no respect for the countryside.”

  • This is going to look a little awkward for a while until it ages into the neighborhood. But, it doesn’t seem catastrophically bad (provided they don’t use vinyl or fake brick). Ultimately, projects like this are just another piece in DC’s gradual transformation into a livelier, more urban city.

    • This will always look awkward and out of place. The developer has no taste and is oblivious to how badly he ruined this block. This house would be a dealbreaker for me to buy ANY of the houses on that block.

  • This is exactly how our city has grown silence it was created.
    Somebody builds something, somebody builds something bigger that feels out of place. This is how downtown became downtown. It is how dc became dc.

    • The city actually has very strict laws regarding scale and architecture. DC is notable BECAUSE the scale is uniform and not a hodge podge of ugly mid-century skyscrapers sitting next to 3 story churches and rowhouses.

      This house is a joke because the developer is throwing up a building that has not only bad scale, but a totally random architectural style borrowed from a more expensive neighborhood.

  • i don’t think the cars fit in with the general historic vibe of the block.

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