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  • On the one hand I like how they extend the bay window to the new addition but on the other wonder about the top floor and why they didn’t do it for the very top. But I am going to wait and see. There are older/original versions of something similar and they look ok. It all depends on the execution so I will reserve judgement.

  • SusanRH

    Looks like the house next door has a pop up, but it works as it is behind the turret

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Maybe they plan on putting half a turret on the top in front of that wall, so it will look like the neighbors house, but only one story taller. In the meantime, people will go crazy and complain.

  • The pop up hatred kills me. The only people who care are the current homeowners who benefit from reduced supply and high demand in this city.

    The alternative is developers come in, buy houses and tear them down and put up ugly square apartment buildings to meet the demand. That or the city just becomes like San Francisco…completely unaffordable for anyone outside of the top 10% income bracket.

    • Blithe

      Not quite true. I don’t have an opinion about this particular pop-up. I do, however, have quite strong opinions about the way that the character of the city is changing — since I happen to like the row house neighborhoods that I grew up with — coupled with high rises ( a relative term, I know ) on the avenues and larger mixed use streets. Yes, I realize that cities change, and not always in ways that I personally would like. That’s life when market values and economic values rule. What really troubles me though, is that the architecture of the city that I grew up in is being irreparably changed to meet the needs of the folks that have moved in during the past decade or so. If/when these folks move on, the city will be left with a legacy of crumbling boxes — with no way to ever recover the characteristic charm that distinguished DC from other cities that got crushed when the boxes were built.

      My long-winded point is that there are values other than economic ones that actually do matter — at least to some of us.

      • Nicely articulated. Thanks, Blithe.

      • So as long as everything stays the way Blithe likes it, no problem.

      • This is the same old argument that has been made against aesthetic innovation since the dawn of time. If we stopped renovating and trying new things with our buildings, we would never have structures like the Eiffel Tower, which many Parisians despised when it was first built (and continue to despise – although others in the world love it!). Let’s recognize that this pop up may not be a majestic work of architecture, but it is something that will bring another taxpaying, home-owning set of residents into the District and into this community – which I support. These pop-ups and condos often go to first time home buyers -many of whom are doing wonderful things in their communities across the city. Ultimately, the unit may become rental housing – an increase in supply that helps (in its own small way) to keep the costs of renting here down. Folks, be reasonable – someone adding a third floor on their home is not going to block your view of the sky. Writing a nasty note on someone’s sign is anti-community, short-sighted, and counterproductive.

        • Creating affordability through pop-ups is like filling the Grand Canyon one bucket at a time. You know what makes Bloomingdale unaffordable? That 5,000 would buy there now if they could because it’s “hot.” Adding 2 units isn’t going to make Bloomingdale more affordable. If you want affordable DC, move to Marshal Heights.

          There. Stop breaking things.

          • Agreed, though I would say that creating affordability through pop-ups is more like trying to fill the Grand Canyon by running a dehumidifier.

      • “What really troubles me though, is that the architecture of the city that I grew up in is being irreparably changed to meet the needs of the folks that have moved in during the past decade or so.”
        I don’t think this is the case. Whatever your ultimate opinion of pop-ups, they exist because people want to make money. It’s not like young affluent professionals insist on living in a 4-level condo conversion, as opposed to a 3-level condo conversion – the developers see an opportunity, with minimal up-front cost, to increase their sales by 25% in a rowhouse conversion.

      • justinbc

        So these 100 year old abandoned homes that are being sold for 200-300K to “developers” (ooh, I invoked the evil word) apparently weren’t crumbling before, but now if someone wants to fix them up and for some reason leave, they’ll just erode like sand on the beach? Seems a bit far fetched of an argument to make for a case that you could just make by saying you like the way the neighborhoods look in their current state. The doomsday scenario stuff is a hard argument to prove in a city that can’t build housing fast enough to keep up with the amount of incoming residents.

    • Duponter, I disagree. I’m a home owner, I hate most pop-ups and I could care less about the value of my house. For most homeowners is not about reducing supply to increase the value of their properties, it’s about the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Most of these pop-ups are done by developers who buy properties cheap and turn them into luxury condoms where each unit is more expensive than what they paid for the house. So they are not making things more affordable, they are pissing of the neighbors to make a bigger profit. Growing up in a city with skyscrapers I really appreciate that I can see the sky in DC.

      • Nobody likes an expensive condom!

      • justinbc

        As a home owner who approves of almost all pop-ups, I just want to point out that some of us don’t really care what you do in your house, on it, or to it, as long as you don’t knock down any of my walls in the process. I bought MY house, not yours. If I wanted to regulate what went on for my entire block then I would have bought the whole block (theoretically, obviously).

      • As a homeowner, I would like to say I value the right to do whatever you want to your own property. That’s one reason I bought in DC, and not some HOA neighborhood in the burbs. I don’t have a pop-up, nor do I plan on building one, but I think I should be able to without my neighbors blowing a gasket.

      • Of course it affects affordability when you increase supply. Even if the new unit is expensive, the person renting or purchasing that unit would simply buy or rent something at that price elsewhere if not here–that’s the nature of demand. And not meeting the demand will drive up prices. That’s the nature of supply. Just because you don’t like that there is high demand doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and that ignoring it will somehow make it go away–instead, it will get displaced to another area in the city.

        Wonder why neighborhoods are gentrifying so rapidly one after another, spreading through the city block by block? Because lack of density drives demand “horizontally” when supply is not available “vertically.” Thank you, height limit.

        • +1. The Height Act that all of our council members voted to retain (save Marion Barry) causes Pop-Ups. I would much rather live closer to my work in metro center, but they wont build 50 stories buildings full of condos near by so i have to live north of florida ave.

      • (in response to fpopups) If you could care less of the value of your house, I’d like to buy it for $50,000. Thanks very much

  • justinbc

    I’m surprised this eloquent spokesman bothered to write “your” instead of “ur”.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I think this one has potential to look great. I can’t wait to see the finished product (hopefully in a different color, not green).

  • Note that this is UIP, which is behind many flips / apartment building purchases which have upset people. I didn’t realize they did any popups. Is this their first?

    • It is rather unfortunate that money and taste don’t often align. You’d hope that people take pride in their work, but that appears not to be always the case.

    • A little of topic, but does anyone have opinions on UIP properties, while we’re at it? I’ve looked at a couple of their apartments before, but I’ve stayed put because I really like my landlord right now…..

    • UIP are the contractors but not the owners – a division of UIP

  • Why on earth couldn’t they match the window sizes of the original structure? Why. Why. Why..

  • I think they should have said “f— you and the pop-up you rode in on.” A real missed opportunity.

  • Graffiti is not a solution. If you want to change things, get involved with groups that advocate for zoning rules and building permits. Now thanks to this opinionated scrawler, somebody with a child old enough to read, but not old enough to understand that language, walking by gets to read this. Nice. I’ll take the pop-up over this passive aggressive note.

  • The Office of Planning produced a Small Area Plan for Mid City East, which includes Bloomingdale and Eckington, back in November which recommended designating both neighborhoods as historic districts. As a recent transplant to Eckington from Logan Circle, I have seen first hand the value such designation has in allowing for smart growth while preserving the character of a neighborhood. Were Bloomingdale already a historic district then this project and others like it would receive review by the ANC and ultimately the Historic Preservation Office/Historic Preservation Review Board, thus allowing ample opportunity for community input at different stages of the process.

    Check out the Small Area Plan here: http://planning.dc.gov/publication/mid-city-east-small-area-plan-one-pager

    If you live in ANC 5E, contact your commissioner here: http://anc.dc.gov/page/advisory-neighborhood-commission-5e

  • Look at the one to the right. They added a floor but not in an obnoxious way. It is barely visible from the street and keeps the neighborhood character. See it can be done but many developers refuse to!

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  • No respect for the beautiful architecture here in Bloomingdale. I’ve been a resident since 1982 and witness the enormous change of the community. I don’t mind it but I HATE THE PARKING situation and changes that dot our once picturesque skyline. I’m all for historic designation of our community. I treasure the landscape!

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