Interior Policy

'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know [Commentary]

'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know [Commentary]

A few words about the "poor door." Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side set a number of "affordable" apartments. How the company won permission to build that building with two entrances, one in front for the exclusive use of upper-income residents, another, reportedly in the alley, for residents of more modest means. Hence, the "poor door," though the term is something of a misnomer. While the premium units with the...