Posted by Jay Z. on January 23, 2002 at 12:22:58:
In Reply to: Re: End of High-Rise Housing posted by Paul Malo on January 22, 2002 at 13:36:34:
The problem wasn't the design, or the concept of high-rise apartment buildings. In fact, most high rise apartment buildings in manhattan are extremely desireable and expensive (ie, the Dakota--classic example, and Trump's developments--new example). The problem is that it was all PUBLIC housing, not integrated or mixed economically. That many poor people with all their problems piled on top of each other and with no support for improvement created a disaster.
The majority of Americans are not poor, but they are forced into the corners of real estate. I suggest we end public housing in this form and instead require that every building set aside one-tenth of it's apartments for low-income residents. No excuses or exceptions. Let the extremely wealthy have their multi-million dollar penthouses, but require they provide some less desirable spaces for their nannies etc. in the same building. Actually, the Dakota was originally designed with this in mind--attic apartments for the servants--but I think all those apartments are now millionaire pads.
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