Thursday 25 December 2014

Manhattan 'poor door' plan slammed as housing apartheid

Rosa Prince in New York

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

Manhattan's wealthy Upper West Side in New York.
Manhattan's wealthy Upper West Side in New York.

AN apartment block with a separate "poor door" for low-income residents has been given approval in New York.

Developers of the 33-floor tower on Manhattan's wealthy Upper West Side were given a tax break by the city after setting out plans to deliver 55 more affordable flats as part of the project.

Those living in the cheaper apartments, which will overlook the street, will enter and exit the property via a separate entrance from tenants of the 219 other units, who will enjoy views of the Hudson River. Designed by the building company Extell, the block at 40 Riverside Boulevard has been criticised by many in the city, who call it a form of housing apartheid.

The separate entrance was immediately nicknamed the "poor door".

Linda B Rosenthal, who is a local assembly member, has described the arrangement as "abominable", with "no place in the 21st Century". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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