Plugged In: Swanky NYC condo sets up ‘poor door’ for lower income tenants

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It’s called the “poor door.”

According to WPIX in New York City, a new luxury condominium development has been given the go ahead from the city’s Dpeartment of Housing, Preservation and Development to have lower income residents use a separate door from the building’s main entrance.

It’s part of the “Inclusionary Housing Zoning” program.

In exchange for providing housing for tenants who make 60% of the area’s median income, or about $60,000, the developer struck a deal with the previous city administration for valuable tax breaks.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio told WPIX that his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, signed off on the plan.

New York City Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is angry.

“It’s very disappointing. And I think that’s why people are so outraged about this. Because it really looks like, and perhaps is segregation. I think we have to do away with the program the way it’s currently formulated because of is discriminatory actions,” she said.

Click here to read more from WPIX, then comment on our Facebook post below. Do you think this is fair? Would you agree to use a separate entrance to live in building you might not otherwise be able to afford? Todd Meany will share your comments during “Plugged In” from 6:30 – 9 a.m. on Fox 8 News in the Morning.

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