'Poor Door' A Symptom Of Tough Balancing Act In Housing

By Kaitlin Ugolik (July 30, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT) -- Extell Development Co.'s so-called "poor door" — a separate entrance for affordable housing tenants at a development on Riverside Drive — made headlines last week after receiving official approval, but experts say the controversy clouds the reality of balancing private and public housing interests in a city like New York.

The building and its "poor door" first caught the world's attention last year, when the developer released renderings for the project that showed separate doors for condominium buyers and affordable rental tenants.

It wasn't the first setup of its kind, particularly not in New York City, but with news of growing...

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