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Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris to release transit and housing plan

Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris, who has already put forth a 23-page economic development plan that includes the creation of a public bank in Baltimore, plans this week to release proposals to address the city's transportation and housing problems.

In a 12-page plan, Harris calls for the creation of community land trusts made up of residents who would make decisions about "how to keep housing affordable and what kind of development they want to see happen." He also calls for addressing "racial segregation in housing" and creating affordable housing near transit centers.

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"While this vacant housing is a blight for many neighborhoods, it could also become Baltimore's greatest resource: homes for a wide variety of people, including affordable options for people at every end of the economic spectrum, and even housing for those who currently have none," Harris writes in the plan.

In the transportation portion of the plan, Harris says he wants to advocate for an improved bus system, expand the city's bike share plan, and improve transit infrastructure.

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"Mayor Harris' Sustainable Baltimore will promote a variety of different ways of getting around, including walking, biking, and reliable public transit," the plan states.

Harris is running against Democratic nominee Catherine E. Pugh, Republican Alan Walden and write-in candidate Sheila Dixon, a former mayor.

The Harris campaign said he will release his latest plan publicly later this week.

lbroadwater@baltsun.com

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