Inequality exists in many forms. In this case it is a mixed income housing development in New York City.
In order to build a larger per square unit condo, the developers had to include affordable housing.
This 274 unit condo will include 55 affordable housing units. The problem? The 55 affordable housing units will be separate from the 274 units, not facing the river, and will have a separate door entrance.
Some ways you can stop future housing inequality issues:
1. Attend your neighborhood zoning and town meetings. These meetings often aren’t attended by residents and developers and law makers go ahead with development projects. If you attend meetings and speak up, you will let them know you are paying attention to your community.
2. Vote or run for office. If you don’t like the polices, vote for new officials or run for office.
3. Stay informed. The news is on a loop. If you watch the 6 o’clock news, I can guarantee the 11 o’clock news will be showing the same thing. Start subscribing to bloggers, independent papers, and follow interesting people on social media. With mobile technology, communication is at our finger tips; often people on the ground have the real scoop.
4. Tell a friend. Sometimes people just don’t know. Tell a friend and spread the news. Word of mouth is still a useful tool.
Grassroots movements can still make a difference.
An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.
Photo Credit: Extell Development Company