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The feature on the 26 home arsons at the Hunters Brooke, Md., community (“Mire Beware,” 1/ 28) shamefully credits these attacks with exposing suburban “runaway development.”

It is unrealistic to halt new home building as demand for it continues to rise. Doing so would cause housing prices to skyrocket in an already pricey market and would displace thousands of low- and middle-income earners. Many more would be forced to look farther out in the region for affordable housing and commute long distances to work.

The Washington, D.C., metro area is likely to continue its steady growth as thousands of new jobs are added each year. Creating new housing to accommodate this workforce is essential. A policy of “no growth” is not a responsible solution for an expanding region.

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