Mayor Seeks Ability to Eliminate City's ‘Poor Doors’

Recently, a planned separate entrance for residents of low-income units in a luxury housing development on the Upper West Side was approved, and claims of modern-day segregation followed shortly after. Now, the de Blasio administration hopes to change a 2009 zoning code, enacted under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, that allowed for divided housing. The Bloomberg Administration had made changes to the zoning codes that gave developers tax breaks for including low-income housing in market-rate projects, and the discretion to create separate entrances for rich and low-income residents, if they wish.

The current administration is hoping to enact changes to the zoning code in the fall, and the process will take about a year.