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8978. WASHINGTON (City), Building line.—

I doubt much whether the obligation to
build the houses at a given distance from the
street, contributes to its beauty. It produces a
disgusting monotony; all persons make this
complaint against Philadelphia. The contrary
practice varies the appearance, and is much
more convenient to the inhabitants.—
Federal Capital Opinion. Washington ed. vii, 513. Ford ed., v, 253.
(1790)