UrbanTurf usually avoids publishing rankings or lists…except at the end of the year, when we look back at what DC’s residential real estate scene had to offer during the previous 12 months. This week, we revisit some of the best, most intriguing and peculiar things we came across over the course of 2018. Enjoy.
As the debate over the future of the former Superfresh site in AU Park stretches on, UrbanTurf remembers when a coalition of neighbors took matters into their own hands — literally.
While the Zoning Commission (ZC) reviewed the design of the mixed-use project proposed for the site, the neighbors employed one of the more interesting tactics UrbanTurf has seen used to oppose a project: a debate over the accuracy of the iPhone camera.
In February, Valor Development and architect Torti Gallas submitted a new suite of renderings of the proposed project, which is slated to deliver 239 residential units and retail that could include a Balducci's to 4330 48th Street NW (map). The group Citizens for Responsible Development (CRD) countered with photographs and illustrations of their own, asserting that the development team was attempting to deceive the ZC with inaccurate perspectives of the project's appearance and impact.
This debate began at a zoning hearing held the month prior, when CRD members claimed that the previously-submitted renderings, based on photos taken using an iPhone 7, employed a wide-angle lens that misrepresented the pedestrian perspective. Valor conceded this point and offered new renderings based on photos taken with an iPhone 6, asserting that the phone's camera had a standard lens. CRD, however, remained dissatisfied.
The organization commissioned renderings by Digital Design + Imaging and submitted Visual Impact Studies countering those offered by the development team, painting vastly different interpretations of the appearance of the proposed project.
"The analysis shows that, through the use of a camera phone’s wide angle lens and image manipulation, the representation of the Ladybird building is distorted, and undersized by at least 19 percent," CRD's study states.
Since then, the development team has returned to the community with an appreciably different proposal for the site (and renderings made from 50mm-lens photos). A ZC hearing in January may settle the debate over the site's future.
UrbanTurf's 2018 in Review Articles:
- The Year of the $40 Million Home
- The Best DC Legislation That Didn't Get Passed in 2018
- The Most Ambitious Transportation Plan Pitched in 2018
- The Best History of a House to Hit the Market in 2018: Where JFK Met Jackie
- The Best Listing of 2018 (For the Mere Mortal)
- The Best New Apartment Amenity Coming to DC: The Trail Lobby
- The Best Use of a Vacant Triangle
- The Most Impactful Legislation for DC Renters and Homeowners Passed in 2018
- The Best Listing of 2018 (For the Well Paid Lobbyist)
- The Most Creative Responses to PUDs
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