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Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Marian Wright Edelman

More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the “poor door” at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of zoning rules encouraging affordable housing by including some low-priced rental units along with the luxury condos for sale. A separate entrance for the people living in the low-income apartments continues with segregated living inside.

A century ago poor farms were located throughout the US to house paupers. As corporations and the politicians they own continue to systematically push Americans out of the middle class and into poverty perhaps poor farms are needed more than ever.

Obama’s TPP will create a huge wave of newly impoverished Americans. Perhaps Congress can add some provisions for poor farms in the TPP document ?