I really don’t see where BDC is going with this. I’m not saying that we should develop downtown and nowhere else in the city. I’m saying that a limit on density is a limit on density, whether it’s a zoning rule applying in single-family home neighborhood or the height limit. I think we should build more density everywhere in the District, and I’m bothered by rules that prevent this in all cases.
And I am not at all suggesting that â€œexisting characterâ€ should be a factor in considering upzoning in some places and not in others. Please go back and read my post again. I’m suggesting that we can talk about how nice increasing density in the lowest density areas would be all we want, but if you try to change the rules such that a Brookland bungalow can be replaced with even a modest sized multifamily development, you will be greeted by the angriest mob you have ever met.
BDC believes that growth in one part of the city necessarily comes at the expense of growth in another part of the city, but there is quite simply no evidence that this is the case.