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(Washington City Paper)   "Worried about a potential parking crush on the street... one [resident] accused the ANC commissioners of 'not hav[ing] a brain'; another called them 'condescending'; and a third yelled, 'The emperor has no clothes'"   (washingtoncitypaper.com) divider line 16
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2013-01-16 10:33:52 AM
wow, some commissioner is getting paid
 
2013-01-16 11:06:49 AM
Jesus f*cking Christ, how hard is it to build a new goddamn building in DC that is NOT clad in tan brick and glass?

It's like the planning commission has decided that utter mediocrity in modern architecture is a prerequisite for building in DC.
 
2013-01-16 11:42:42 AM

Rincewind53: Jesus f*cking Christ, how hard is it to build a new goddamn building in DC that is NOT clad in tan brick and glass?

It's like the planning commission has decided that utter mediocrity in modern architecture is a prerequisite for building in DC.


When your rent is going to approach $2,000 per month, you look for value where you can.
 
2013-01-16 12:06:33 PM

FishyFred: When your rent is going to approach $2,000 per month, you look for value where you can.


"He doesn't have to build out every single allowable cubic foot of building space, but he does. And that's what the developers love about him. And he makes the buildings so mediocre that now one can find anything to object to about them. They can't be hated. And for the same reason, they can't be loved. You might call his style 'Lymbo' ... a languishing state of style wish offends no one but also does nothing to contribute to the arhictural spirit or beauty of the city."

Nailed it in the comments on that link. Daaaammmn.
 
2013-01-16 02:12:28 PM
African National Congress???
Well it *is* DC.
 
2013-01-16 02:31:50 PM
Hilarious headline.
 
2013-01-16 02:32:33 PM
Since my office is adjacent to a restaurant that was approved with zero parking spaces and the city it just today adding "no parking" signs in the alley behind it, I can commiserate. Idiots.
 
2013-01-16 02:33:31 PM
.. and the city IS just today...
grumble grumble edit function
 
2013-01-16 04:18:56 PM

Voiceofreason01: wow, some commissioner is getting paid


Perhaps not. Often, the cities are just fine with allowing buildings with no parking, or even less than suggested. Its a way of forcing people to use mass transit. The "if they have easy parking available, then they will get a car and use it". If you make it hard to park, people go 'fark it, i'll just get a bus pass'

Its social engineering.

I dont know about elsewhere, bit i know that a lot of new apartments that were built in places like brooklyn, that followed older codes and provided on-site parking, are having trouble getting tenants to lease the spaces. many buildings have opened their private garages for public use. A lot of those zoning code requirements for on-site parking are leftovers from the 60s and 70s when the car was at its dominance in city planning.
 
2013-01-16 04:23:26 PM

Rincewind53: Jesus f*cking Christ, how hard is it to build a new goddamn building in DC that is NOT clad in tan brick and glass?

It's like the planning commission has decided that utter mediocrity in modern architecture is a prerequisite for building in DC.


I can't speak for DC directly, but unless its in a historic district, planning commissions have little to say on aesthetics and style. They check for zoning and thats about it. Even that can be evaded with a variance. Then its up to the DOB to inspect for life-saftey issues (material flammability, egress, sprinklers, etc).


The choice for the tan brick & glass is entirely on the owner. if he wants maximum building volume at the lowest possible cost, then thats what you will get.
 
2013-01-16 04:30:55 PM
ChipNASA:. "ANC" is Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
 
2013-01-16 05:00:51 PM
And isn't DC no longer majority Black?
 
2013-01-16 05:39:06 PM

Voiceofreason01: wow, some commissioner is getting paid


Bingo! Nice kickback for the 'olidays, guv'nah? A bright 3rd grader would have told Mr.Developer: if you want to erect on this site you include X amount of parking spaces within your own structure.

Hopefully the soon to be farked over locals will remember that suit & tie come elections.
 
2013-01-16 11:12:00 PM
The blocks behind Babes are residential so if those people don't have driveways they park in the street and are now competing for space in front of their own houses. I think we had this discussion a while back regarding Portland. If they give the homeowners parking permits then it might not be too big a deal.
 
2013-01-17 12:39:02 AM
I say let the building owner do what they want with it. Its their land, their building. Besides, the problem will resolve itself. Nobody is going to visit businesses where there is no parking. The businesses will go under. The building will either have to be reworked, or will end up mostly empty. As long as the owner is the only one to eat the cost its a non-issue.
 
2013-01-17 12:08:34 PM

morg: The blocks behind Babes are residential so if those people don't have driveways they park in the street and are now competing for space in front of their own houses. I think we had this discussion a while back regarding Portland. If they give the homeowners parking permits then it might not be too big a deal.


As mentioned upthread, this is part social engineering. Enormous chunks of cities are now allocated for parking. If you make parking difficult, then people start taking mass transit. You're not going to significantly increase mass transit use just by making it nicer. You get more bang for the buck by making driving a living nightmare. Obviously this is only in places where congestion is an issue - if you're building a mall in Topeka it' a different matter.
 
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