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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Income mobility

   The NY Times recently had an article on income mobility for youth based on where you grew up.  Not surprisingly Howard County came out better than most counties in the US.  We were better than 73% of counties.  Much of that reality is probably related to the vision of Jim Rouse and his efforts to have diversity in Columbia.   This is not what happens naturally when development is left to most private developers.  We were fortunate to have once had a developer with a social conscious in addition to an interest in turning a profit.  As Columbia moves into the expanded development of downtown their is a need for someone to advocate for that social balance.  Right now it is not clear if there will be a force to effectively advocate for that same balance.  A Jim Rouse doesn't come along everyday .

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