Speak Out!

August 10, 2005

THE ISSUE

At a recent discussion about affordable-housing strategies in the red-hot Howard County home market, one developer said that buyers of expensive homes "are very nervous about moderate- income buyers in their community." The county's current guidelines define "moderate income" as a family of four with an income of up to $57,720 - and officials are considering boosting that to $74,350.

In a county where the median family income is nearly $90,000 a year, how does economic diversity - or the lack of it - affect the character of the community?

YOUR VIEW

Send e-mail responses to howard.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. A selection of responses will be published Sunday.Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published

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