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The Poor Door

July 30, 2014 FHFA, Housing Statistics, Real Estate News 28 Comments
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Manhattan developer creates a special “poor door” for his low to moderate income families he has to work into his high rise.

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poor-door2-e1375452123788Now on to the “poor door”.  Essentially what we’ve got here is a Manhattan developer that built some multi-million dollar condo’s in a highrise, but in order to be able to get the permit to build he had to have a certain amount of low to moderate income homes in the complex.  Well, he figured the rich people wouldn’t want to rub elbows with the poor people while waking through the front door, so he made another door in the alley around the back that people are calling the “poor door”.  Okay…. Uh, what do you think about this?  Cool? Not cool?  Compliant?  Not compliant?  Seems a little dicey to us, how about you?  Let us know what you think about it in the comments down below.

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  • dorahey@yahoo.com

    Back in the 50′s in the South they had the same thing for the movie theaters…but it was the ‘colored’ door. But at least it was a side entrance on a major street…not down an alley.

    • Mark schellhammer

      That was discrimination based on race. That’s not right. Discrimination based on affordability isn’t. Not a fair comparison. Discrimination based on affordability is everywhere, and is fair.

      • dorahey@yahoo.com

        That was observation…not comparison. Everybody gets a side door sometime in life…and it rarely involves the talking point ‘discrimination’. Everybody discriminates about everything everyday…called judgment.

      • Sam450

        And why would you compare discrimination to affordabilty.
        That is the problem.

  • Sam450

    This developer appears to be suitable to be a typical N.Y.C. Politician, though I do suggest that he talks to Wiener as far as exposing his feelings to the public.

    And please don’t pick on the poor Realtor. I am sure those shots were taken early in the morning and intended to be posted on Craig’s List, Personal Ads…Give the guy the benefit of the doubt.

  • competition benefits consumers

    I bet the builder was forced to include ‘affordable rental housing’ into his project by a law. This assuredly decreased profitability and diminished the appeal of his homes to his target buyers, potentially diminishing profitability further. There is a reason some people drive Mercedes rather than Hyundai. How would you like a law that mandates what you drive? It may not be your or my thing but it’s supposed to be a free country.

  • Marky mark

    Typical socialistic mandate.

  • justmyopinion

    Sounds like a Disparate Treatment issue for the CFPB – after all – they have jurisdiction over everything everywhere right?

  • competition benefits consumers

    It’s renters vs owners, completely different than even ‘affordability’.

  • Mark Footer

    I’m for the developer. If the city is going to mandate affordable housing be commingled with luxury housing they are initiating the challenge.

    I also suspect that the entrance to the affordable housing is fairly nice (not like the photo you show in your video). If you are going to report it – give the whole story…

  • http://www.pbnassoc.com Paul Blanco

    Your servants need a place to live too ….

  • peterhamilton

    Wonder if they get their own water fountain as well…

  • http://www.whitemtnsazrealestate.com/ Sandra Paulow

    Want to use the front door, work hard enough to earn the right. Last time I looked “poor” (a matter of interpretation) was not a protected class. It probably will be before long though. I await the law suits when one of those considered “poor” and delegated to use the side door is from a protected class. Guaranteed they will sue for the right to use the main door.

  • Greg Mazurek

    Not sure why this “poor door” is raising such a fuss. If you don’t like the name, call it the “normal door”, and the other door is now the “rich door” that they paid for with their $25 million payment (for the top floor home… $15 million for the next down floors)! Everyone is used to letting first class board first, they get served champagne while the poor scramble to shove their bags in overhead bins and go thirsty. Not everyone gets to go into the sky lounge, or are we calling it the “not for poor people lounge” now? When you go to the ballgame and sit in the poor seats, do the sky box people invite you into their level? There always has been, and always will be a segregation of the classes… if there wasn’t, would you work so hard to be rich?

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