Toronto’s ‘poor doors’ in condo developments
It’s a trend that’s been seen in New York and has sparked criticism and now it’s also being seen in Toronto. Condo developments that include affordable housing are being built with two separate entrances, one for the affordable housing and one for those paying for the more expensive units. The so called ‘poor doors’ have been heavily criticised in New York, not least because critics say that developers use the affordable housing provision to persuade planners to green-light the project and receive subsidies but the finished development is not within the spirit of the plans. There is pressure on New York to ban the practice and it’s unlikely to prove too popular here either.