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Building heights in D.C. are limited by the width of the street in front of them, with a top height of 160 feet on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Building heights in D.C. are limited by the width of the street in front of them, with a top height of 160 feet on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The debate over how high D.C.'s buildings should be is heading to Capitol Hill.

California congressman Darryl Issa is holding a hearing Monday on potential changes to D.C.'s Height Act, the century-old federal law which restricts building heights in the city.

Last week, the National Capital Planning Commission voted to recommend that the law be left largely untouched, while the city's Office of Planning is pushing for more aggressive changes, such as raising the limit for buildings in downtown D.C.

Representatives from both groups will testify at the hearing.

Congress will have the final say on what — if any — changes are made to the law.

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