Today is Election Day. Vote! Greater Greater Washington recommends you vote for Elissa Silverman and Robert White for DC Council at large, Yes on marijuana legalization, Anthony Brown for Maryland governor, Brian Frosh for attorney general, Alan Howze for Arlington County Board, and yes on Fairfax’s transportation bond.
Free transit on election day
Minneapolis-St Paul’s public transportation is free today under a Minnesota law requiring free public transit on national election days. Other US cities also provide free transit to encourage voter turnout. (CityLab)
Anacostia’s “Big K” development will move forward. The preservation board wouldn’t allow moving two historic houses, but the Mayor’s Agent gave approval, saying affordable housing gives the project “special merit.” (City Paper)
The Inclusionary Zoning program, which sets aside units for low-income people, has created many rental units, but administrative snafus have stymied sales, leaving developers with empty units. DHCD promises reforms to fix the problem. (Post)
Capitol Hill debates whether to expand its historic district. One possibility is a less-restrictive “conservation district,” but the Office of Planning has decided such districts are not “workable.” (District Source)
The case for a height limit
Could height restrictions actually encourage more development? The owner of a vacant lot next to a huge tower might not sell just to build a medium-sized building, even if there isn’t market demand for towers on every lot. (This is more relevant to other cities rather than DC.) (StrongTowns)