Separate Doors For The Rich & Poor

This story was outrageous when we first heard about it last year. It’s even more hideous now that New York officials have formally approved it. But the builders of luxury condominiums will be allowed to send residents of ‘affordable living’ units through the back door.

I still remember the segregated water fountains in my grade school in Texas. And I frequently asked my parents questions they had trouble answering.

But when the ritzy buildings go up in New York along with the required amount of affordable dwellings, all those ‘po folk’ will have to enter the building through a separate entrance. Can we say, “separate but equal?” That sure has an ugly sound to it.

(link to article on luxury condos)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “Separate Doors For The Rich & Poor

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Appalling but not surprising. After all, as we keep hearing from HOA and Condo promoters, “these communities are not for everybody.”

    Creating hundreds of separate gated communities in a metropolitan area does essentially the same thing – it divides estate homeowners from owners and tenants of affordable manufactured homes and trailer parks.

  2. robert

    I’m sure Ayn Rand would approve. In other news, from Florida:

    Communities In West Boca Seek To Ban Government Rental Assistance
    July 21, 2014 | by Anne Geggis, Sun Sentinel

    WEST BOCA — — Home prices are up, long-vacant houses have families moving in, but fear of what the future might bring has prompted some of the homeowner associations in the unincorporated area of West Boca to limit who might move in.

    Some of the 125 master homeowner associations have either banned or are considering a ban on a certain kind of renter — those who pay with the help of Section 8 government housing assistance.

    read the rest of this story at


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