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Shedding Light On Height: The Truth About D.C.'s Skyline

From: Rebecca Sheir
Series: The Newcomer's Guide to Washington
Length: 04:55

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Getting to the bottom of why Washington, D.C.'s building tops... are so low. Read the full description.

Cairoviewdown16th Ever wonder why Washington, D.C., has such a modest skyline - especially compared with other major American cities? Perhaps you've heard it has something to do with the height of the Capitol Building, or the Washington Monument.

In this second installment of "A Newcomer's Guide To Washington," Rebecca Sheir gets to the bottom -- and top -- of the mystery, and sheds some light on D.C.'s building height.

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Piece Description

Ever wonder why Washington, D.C., has such a modest skyline - especially compared with other major American cities? Perhaps you've heard it has something to do with the height of the Capitol Building, or the Washington Monument.

In this second installment of "A Newcomer's Guide To Washington," Rebecca Sheir gets to the bottom -- and top -- of the mystery, and sheds some light on D.C.'s building height.

Broadcast History

This piece originally aired on WAMU's Metro Connection, 1/22/10.

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Rebecca Sheir is a reporter with WAMU 88.5 in Washington.

Related Website

http://wamu.org/programs/mc/