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Would You Live in D.C.'s 'Middle Finger' Monstrosity?

It's being called 'the Monstrosity' and a 'middle finger to taste and scale', but you'd be wrong if you called it illegal. The three story 'pop-up' a developer has added to a two-story DC rowhouse has engendered a spirited debate amid a growing city.

"For months, the Prince of Petworth blog has been documenting a Virginia developer’s progress in turning the small, 1890 single-family rowhouse into three condos," writes Petula Dvorak. "And with each entry, there’s a new round of chatter. There’s talk about density, growth, new money, demographicsgentrification — and where, exactly, are the thousand or so new residents pouring into the District every month going to live?"

"Population growth aside, just about everyone who lays eyes on the five-story weed springing out of a squat field of two-story homes asks one question: How can this be legal?"

Full Story: Addition to D.C. rowhouse on V Street NW is ugly but should that matter?

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