People are angry at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing construction of a new high-rise apartment building that would feature what some are calling a “Poor Door” – a separate entrance for low-income residents. No word on if the poor will have to use separate helipads.
The Richie Rich building in question.
The 33-story building will feature multimillion-dollar penthouses and luxury apartments in a pricey Manhattan neighborhood, in addition to 55 less-expensive apartments for qualifying low-income tenants. What has people miffed is that all of the subsidized low-income apartments will be grouped together and have their own, separate entrance.
One city councilwoman, Helen Rosenthal, said it was a disgrace"This developer must go back, seal the one door and make it so all residents go through the same door," Rosenthal said.
A civil rights attorney even said it was unconstitutional, since the developer took tax credits from the city to create something “separate but unequal.”
Or maybe it’s just like ordering a pizza and splitting the toppings down the middle, only one side has caviar and the other side has dollar store anchovies?
This reminds me of the classic Seinfeld routine about the curtain separating first class and coach on airplanes" "Maybe if you had worked a little harder."
This billionaire observes how much it sucks sitting in coach.
I, for one, am all for the separation of the poor and the wealthy. Hear me out. If I was living in one of those subsidized apartments, why would I want to see some D-Bag pull up in his Maserati, taking a young, hot, trophy model girlfriend up to his 33rd floor multimillion-dollar penthouse? This would make me miserable and just remind me that I will never have those nice things. They are separating everyone for their own good!
Hope you like your door, poor.
The poor people also need the “Poor Door” to separate them from the leering eyes of the wealthy bastards. It’s like when you pass by a homeless guy on the street and have that warm feeling of superiority wash over you: “Hey at least that’s not me.” Only if you are living in the “mixed income development, now you’re the one the rich guy is using to make himself feel superior.
I pretend to ignore her, but she helps my self-esteem.
Just ask the richest man in India, who built a $1 Billion dollar, 27 story house all for himself and his family in the middle of one of India’s largest slums. He is the one who knocks... on all of the doors:
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's sweet pad in Mumbai knows how to look down on poor people.
Besides, if the low income renters didn’t get into the subsidized housing in this building, then they would still have a poor door. It would simply be their door in their crappy apartment building elsewhere in the city. The wealthy residents should counter the invevitable protesters with signs that read "If you don't like the poor door, sleep on the cold floor!"
"Let me check your pay stub and then I'll commence with the complementary, white-gloved HJ."
For his part, the Mayor says the laws and building plan were approved by the prior administration before he was elected. The city is currently trying to find a way to fix the poor door situation. Others are taking my stance and don’t seem that upset about it.
As one NYC resident who lives in subsidized housing put it, "If I had the opportunity to live in a skyscraper and I had to walk through the poor door, I'd get over it."
Would you walk through the Poor Door for cheap housing in New York?
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