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EXCERPT: “St. Paul council members are rethinking a key aspect of the elaborate master plan that will govern future real estate development at the Ford site in Highland Park, and it has nothing to do with traffic, building heights or density. Instead, several council members would like to add more affordable housing for the very poor . . . The city’s master plan calls for up to 800 housing units, or 20 percent of the future residential construction at the Ford site, to be affordable to low-to-middle income wage earners. The plan specifies that 10 percent of the future housing units be affordable to moderate-income residents earning up to 60 percent of area median income, or about $39,400 for a one-person household. The plan also calls for another 10 percent of the future housing units to be affordable to residents earning up to 50 percent of area median income, or about $32,800 for an individual living alone. Given St. Paul’s large low-income population, housing advocates say that’s not good enough.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2yaA520