New York approves segregation proposal in high-rises
The City of New York approved a proposal to build a “poor door,” or separate door for residents living in affordable housing to enter their building.
The proposal, submitted by Extell, one of the most prominent developers in the city, gives the company the right to install a separate set of doors into a high-rise located on 40 Riverside Boulevard.
Extell’s proposal allows them to force affordable housing tenants to walk through an entrance located in a back alley behind the building to enter, leaving the more prominent front entrance for tenants paying for nicer apartments.
Under the Inclusionary Housing Program, for which the city approved Nextell’s application, larger properties are allowed to be built as long as they include a portion of affordable housing units.
For the 40 Riverside Boulevard location, 55 units will be designated as affordable housing, all units facing the street. Another 219 units will face the river.
An HYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokesman confirmed that the agency had approved Extell’s application for the Inclusionary Housing Program.
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