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D.C.'s skyline won't look much different at all after the change to the Height Act signed by President Obama.
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D.C.'s skyline won't look much different at all after the change to the Height Act signed by President Obama.

President Obama has signed a bill that makes a slight change to a century-old law banning skyscrapers in the District.

Although the measure won't raise the overall height limit of buildings in D.C., the bill allows human occupancy of penthouses. Up until now, structures that high were only permitted to contain mechanical equipment.

Congress had explored the possibility of more significant changes to the so-called Height Act of 1910. The law generally requires that buildings in the District of Columbia be no taller than the width of the streets they face.

But throughout that process, city leaders were unable to agree on whether taller buildings should be allowed. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration urged Congress to relax height restrictions to accommodate future growth, but the D.C. Council

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