Washington DC has already begun ripping up streets in certain areas of town, making the already horrible traffic even worse. This is done in an effort to reintroduce a streetcar network to complement the existing subway and bus systems. But now, a bureaucratic battle over a 120 year old laws against overhead power lines puts a little snag in the plan. It seems that the city planners didn't check the law books to see if their plan would be in total compliance. Along with the District's ban on virtually all city buildings more than 130 feet tall, the ban on overhead wires "allows light and air to reach pedestrians."
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