There is a height limit on buildings built inside in the District of Columbia. This law prevents skyscrapers from being built, so the skyline is very different from New York or Chicago.
At one point, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) challenged heights of buildings that were planned for Arlington, which lies across the river from DC. The court documents from this case are in the holdings of the National Archives.
The defendants, the Board of Supervisors of Arlington County, challenged the notion of the NCPC, the NPS, and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) having any jurisdiction in the area of Virginia development.
The CFA presented evidence of how changes to the skyline would impact the visuals regarding the Iwo Jima monument which fell under their jurisdiction.
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