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Flawed law would require Baltimore to spend $180 million on affordable housing at Port Covington

Flawed law would require Baltimore to spend $180 million on affordable housing at Port Covington

Even the proponents of Baltimore's inclusionary housing law agree it is flawed.

In effect for nearly a decade, the ordinance was supposed to require developers of city-subsidized projects to make 20 percent of their housing units affordable to lower-income families.

But the law has produced just 32 affordable units, despite thousands of apartments and condominiums being built in the city.

The extent of the law's dysfunction was underscored this week when Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano testified before a City Council committee that the legislation would require cash-strapped Baltimore to pay $180 million to the developers of the planned Port Covington project to build...

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