The City Council defeated a bill Monday that would have required developers who receive taxpayer dollars to build housing for lower-income families.
The council voted 4-9 to defeat the bill. Two members abstained.
Councilman Bill Henry of North Baltimore pushed for the legislation to replace an existing inclusionary housing law that is universally regarded as ineffective.
"This is a bill that fixes that law in the major ways," said Henry, chairman of the council's housing committee. "It will not go as far as many advocates would like affordable housing to go and it moves a little quick for some in the development community, but I believe it is a...