To: Gary Barnett, president of Extell Development Company:

Extell Development: ‘Poor Doors’ have no place in NYC

Extell Development: ‘Poor Doors’ have no place in NYC

The days of ‘separate but equal’ are long gone. We demand that you withdraw your plans for a separate door for your affordable housing tenants at the One Riverside Park development and all other projects you develop.

Why is this important?

Income inequality has made New York more divided than ever, and a development company called Extell wants to make this divide even more literal by requiring low-income residents at its One Riverside Park development in Manhattan to enter the building through a separate door.

My family has lived in Manhattan for over 40 years and we are appalled that Extell plans to have a separate door for low-income tenants. My community benefits from affordable housing that developers are required to offer to the overwhelming majority of New York residents who are ‘not-so-wealthy’ – but forcing people like me to enter through a separate door is just wrong.

As New York City rents skyrocket, with the median apartment in Manhattan now an incredible $3,247 per month, longtime residents are being pushed out of the City. Without a serious intervention, more and more New Yorkers will continue to be priced out of their neighborhoods as massive displacement sweeps through the City.

New housing developments should maximize economic diversity. As we trade denser buildings for much greater and deeper affordability, we need to ensure that we are creating truly mixed-income communities for low-, moderate-, middle-, and high-income New Yorkers who not only live together, but freely enter and exit their buildings through the same doors.

Economic diversity makes our city better, and provides a brighter future for low-income and middle-income families. Extell, and all developers, should not only treat their residents equally, but work with City officials to offer greater affordability -- not ‘poor doors’.

While Mayor Bill de Blasio has already vowed to end the ‘poor door’, the bill that will protect tenants from discrimination would not come into effect until next year.

That’s why we need to fight back now and make sure Extell Development knows income segregation is unacceptable. Please sign my petition now and spread the word.

New York City, NY, United States

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