Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
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And Speaking Of Ivory Towers....

You learn about people by how they treat those they don't need.  The guy at the register.  The people down the street.  Poor people.

I mention this because a New York apartment building is being built with a separate entrance for poor people.

No.  This is not a joke.

The building is designed by the Extell Development Company.  It will be located at 40 Riverside Boulevard, be 33 stories tall, and have 219 units.  Extell realized last year that they could get some pretty nice tax breaks if they made some of the apartments for low-income people, and designated 55 of them for that.

The catch -- access to the low-income apartments isn't possible through the main entrances.  That part of the building is accessed by an entrance in the back alley.  Naturally, people were upset.  David Von Spreckelsen is the senior vice president at Toll Brothers, who helped design the building and the separate entrances, said at the time, "No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations.  So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are.  I think it's unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."

This was still the planning stages.  Certainly, Noo Yawk wouldn't let something like this really happen, would it?  Well, it would.  NYC's Department Of Housing Preservation And Development granted approval this week.

Thank God the government is protecting the rights of people to ignore those less fortunate than them.
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