Good news: “poor doors” might be falling out of fashion.
Reports of housing blocks that segregate the haves from the have-nots in New York and London have been everywhere this summer. Separate entrances, lobbies and elevators are, according to some developers, necessary to keep affordable renters away from the occupants of luxury apartments, Downton Abbey-style.
But in Los Angeles, the developers of a proposed housing block have just abandoned plans to segregate residents based on rent. The original proposals for the ten-story building, planned by Beverly Blvd. Associates, included a separate entrance for the residents of the block’s 17 affordable units. To add insult to injury, they would also have been banned from the building’s swimming pool – despite the fact their apartments would have looked down on to it.
This didn’t go down well with the local authority, the City of West Hollywood, which criticised the plan as contrary to its “policies of inclusiveness and equal access for all”. (Nowhere is more egalitarian than Hollywood, after all.) The developers suggested providing separate facilities for the affordable apartments, but this was rejected too.