Love me some Charm City, but, with all due respect, absolutely 100% wrong . Dare and Baltimore City are massively "different" socially, economically and culturally.
Everyplace, everywhere somehow thinks they are different and that the problems don't apply to them.
I grew up in a small town of about 10,000 people. Back in the mid '80s, the bleeding hearts built housing projects (the term "affordable housing" had not been coined yet) supposedly designed for those who were disabled or otherwise unable to work. On paper, it sounded like a good thing. Within a year of being completed, the whole complex had become a drug haven. With drugs comes other issues. Soon, people who lived within a couple of miles of this development began complaining that their vehicles and garages were being broken into and items like CB radios, change, basically anything that was easy to grab was being stolen. This progressed to business and residential burglaries. Burglaries eventually graduated to armed robberies. Before long, the town that would only see maybe one or two homicides a year was now seeing about 10 or 12 a year. Doesn't sound like much, but that's a 900%+ increase. All within about a two year span, the town where everybody left their doors unlocked had been "fundamentally transformed" (another term being kicked around these days).
These developments are also not fair to those who have to be stuck living in them. Many people live in such developments who don't participate in the criminal element; however, being surrounded by it all the time not only jeopardizes their safety, but it also creates a very demoralizing experience. A friend who grew up in the projects always refers to it as "steerage", his term not mine.
I'm not saying the Outer Banks will experience 300+ homicides in a year like Baltimore, but what I am saying is so-called "affordable housing" brings all kinds of problems with it. Always. Saying an area wants "affordable housing" but not the other stuff that goes along with it is like saying you want the flu to get a few days off work, but you don't want the fever, chills, headache and feeling miserable the entire time .
Is the Outer Banks grossly overpriced? Yes, it is. So is just about every other area along both the East and West coasts. We are about to see a major correction in the real estate department and it will probably start before the year is out. What is going on now is unsustainable and more people are realizing it every day.
Apologies, I wasn't clear, by writing Merriam definition of "affordable" I mean just that - not section 8, not "projects", not rent subsidies (perhaps, though, subsidies granted by employers to employees in consideration of employment - think the hospital, for example).....*affordable*, in the literal sense. Such a project could potentially provide just that.