Criticize Building’s ‘Poor Door’ for Low-Income Residents

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Target: Extell Development Company Owner Gary Barnett

Goal: End the use of a “poor door” by allowing low-income residents to use all entryways of a residential building

Residents may face new discrimination: income bias. Because building owners are required to create affordable housing in addition to expensive rooms, many development companies are attempting to discriminate against the low-income residents. One particular building in New York has created a “poor door” for all the low-income residents to use, instead of the main entrances. By creating this door, the building is clearly showing its preference for wealthy tenants.

Luxury buildings can use more land and space if they also create affordable housing for those who make below the 60 percent median income. Still, the companies may segregate the lower-income residents from the wealthy patrons by banning the poorer people from using all of the resources in the building. For example, many buildings in New York, including the Extell building in question, prevent low-income residents from using the pools, basketball courts, and other amenities.

The housing itself is also very different between the wealthy and low-income residents. The rich residents have all of the river-viewing rooms while the less wealthy patrons all have street-facing views. In addition, Extell is the largest and most active builder of residential edifices in Manhattan, and should be setting an anti-discriminatory precedent for its fellow construction companies.

Tell the Extell building to allow residents to use any of the entrances into the building, regardless of income. Discrimination based on earnings should not be allowed or condoned.


Dear Mr. Barnett,

Your New York residential buildings have recently come under fire for creating separate entrances for low-income residents. This decision to prevent poorer tenants from entering the buildings in a normal fashion is disgusting and is discriminatory against residents who rely on affordable housing to survive. These people do not deserve to be forced into entering the undesirable “poor door” because of their earnings. The Inclusionary Housing Program should be exactly that—it should include lower-income individuals and families, instead of excluding them and alienating them from even going into your buildings through the main entrances.

Your company is the most active builder in Manhattan. You should be denouncing discrimination against low-income residents that is so prevalent in New York and elsewhere where companies must provide affordable housing. I ask that you allow all residents, including low-income tenants, to use every door in your Extell residential buildings.


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