Posted by Aaron Wiener on Dec. 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Jim Graham's war on pop-ups is only just beginning. Facing obstacles to his plan to get the Zoning Commission to ban the sometimes unsightly additions to the tops of rowhouses, the Ward 1 councilmember is exploring other options to eliminate pop-ups once and for all.
Graham just sent a lengthy email to a U Street–area listserv laying out his game plan to take on pop-ups (or, as he refers to them, POP-UPs), which he defines as "the often monstrous add ons to row houses." He points to the notorious V Street NW POP-UP (pictured above) as the one that's sparked the most indignation but says there are many others. "For example, on Ontario Place in Adams Morgan," he writes, "there is an expansion so large that it looks like another Wall-Mart!" Graham warns that "the future holds more of this, unless we as a community and government restrain it."