Citizen-Driven Proposal in D.C. Proposes to Limit Pop-Up Homes

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February 18, 2015

Architect and contributor to The Washington Post Roger K. Lewis discusses the issues behind a citizen-driven proposal to limit “pop-up” homes in D.C.

“Pop-ups are single-family row houses that have been expanded vertically well beyond the prevailing height of neighbor’s homes,” Lewis writes. Many citizens are concerned that pop-up homes will change the streetscape and character of a neighborhood, block views and sunlight of adjacent homes, and increase competition for on-street parking spaces.

Those that oppose the proposal argue that homeowners should have the right to expand their homes vertically, “perhaps to create an accessory apartment for an aging parent or to produce rental income to defray their housing costs.”

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