Can this architectural innovation make #housing more equal in #DC? @PeterTSmith

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups. Pop-ups are rowhomes that have been renovated to build additional stories atop the original structure. They’re already popular in more established cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam. In DC, a pop-up typically means adding two or three stories on top of an existing two-story rowhome. Pop-ups are increasingly popular as a way for smaller developers to take advantage of the city’s skyrocketing real estate market. For many DC residents, though, they're are eye-sores that risk scarring the city's architecture landscape. For those opposed to them, pop-ups are an aesthetic threat to t...

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