Only in America

Posted: 30 August 2013 in Uncategorized
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We know that, as class differences have been rising, Americans have become increasingly segregated by class within cities.

Now, it seems, we’re going to see class segregation within residential buildings [ht: sm],  with separate doors for rich and poor residents.

A luxury high-rise apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side is set to have a so-called “poor door” — a separate entrance for low-income residents receiving subsidized housing.

The 33-story building — 40 Riverside Boulevard – being developed by Extell Development Company will have 219 condominiums selling for more than $1 million each.

But by including 55 affordable housing units on the first few floors renting at a starting price of $845 a month, the developer could get a tax break, according to the West Side Rag.

What are going to have next in America—separate rich and poor water fountains, schools, and seating areas in movie theaters, buses, and restaurants?*

*OK, maybe not separate water fountains or seating areas in movie houses, buses, and restaurants. But, then again, think of the forms of class segregation within trains and airlines and, of course, of schools.

  1. Lbwilson says:

    Brilliant David. Thank you.

    lbwilson Sent from my iPhone

  2. […] about a year ago, I reported on the plan to build a mixed high-rise apartment building in New York City that would […]

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