Poor Doors

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Poor Doors | civic embarrassment/phenomenon | Any separate entrance designed for the exclusive use of tenants of social housing units within any property that has a main entrance reserved for tenants who own or rent market units.

This local trend toward class segregation in market/social housing developments became pronounced with the 2007-2010 construction of the Woodwards complex in Gastown. Developers now emulate the practice all over the city, and it remains the saddest design artifice in the business of property development.

It was just banned in New York.

New York City councilwoman Helen Rosenthal said the following in a Guardian report: “I think that the state legislature and the city are now doing the right thing in terms of treating people in every socioeconomic group with the same level of respect and dignity.”

Your move, Vancouver.

Usage | “I thought that guy was breaking in to what I’d always assumed was the strata office but then I realized he was just a neighbour going in through the poor doors…”

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