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D.C.’s hopes for some degree of authority over its own building heights were all but dashed last week when the National Capital Planning Commission voted not to recommend that Congress make any major changes to the Height Act. Supporters of the 1910 law cheered the decision as an affirmation that D.C.’s skyline should retain a “human scale.” Just how human? Well, take a look at how D.C.’s tallest existing building—excluding monuments—and its tallest allowable building on a major commercial corridor stack up against the high-rises of some veritable American metropolises.

Tallest currently allowed on D.C. commercial streets: 130 feet (plus penthouses and spires)

Oakbrook Terrace Tower: 418 feet

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Population: 2,155

Sapphire I: 403 feet

South Padre Island, Texas. Population: 2,896

Prysmian Copper Wire Tower: 373 feet

Abbeville, S.C. Population: 5,179

Beau Rivage Casino Hotel: 346 feet

Biloxi, Miss. Population: 44,578

333 Market Street: 341 feet

Harrisburg, Pa. Population: 49,279

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: 329 feet

D.C. Population: 632,323

Gold Strike Casino Hotel: 317 feet

Tunica, Miss. Population: 996