John King

John King is the urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is currently a Mellon Fellow in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s "sliced-off" skyline

The Case for D.C.'s Flat Skyline

Some Washingtonians complain that the city’s height limit has resulted in lookalike, boxy buildings. But creativity can emerge from constraint, a West Coast critic argues.