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Push to make Washington's downtown more liveable

With the office vacancy rate at around 11.4%, owners of older buildings may face a choice: upgrade to current standards to compete or convert to residential use

Row houses at Jefferson Place and 19th Street NW, which are among the few residential units in downtown Washington's business district. To encourage conversions, the district council is considering a bill that would enable a "Manhattanising of the District of Columbia".


IN a 43-square-block portion of the booming central business district here are just 23 residential units, condos in a row of four late-19th century town homes on Jefferson Place, just south of Dupont Circle.

It is a minuscule number compared to the 33 million square feet...

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