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Harbor Point and 'fair development'
The City Council's approval of tax increment financing for the Harbor Point development on Monday night is yet another example of our city's failing development trends — funneling public resources toward private developments while our communities are in need of housing, livable incomes, fire stations, rec centers and schools. In the past year alone, the city has privatized or closed two fire stations and 20 recreation centers. In a blatant display of the city's skewed priorities, in February, the city refused to house the 14 individuals sleeping under the Jones Falls Expressway, while nearly 40,000 homes remain vacant. Children are losing safe places to play, homes are boarded up, families are on the streets, and residents are in need of good jobs. Instead of resolving these problems, city leaders are giving a massive handout to big developers. This model has failed. We need something new.
By Michael Fox and Rachel Kutler
September 12, 2013