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No good reason for ‘poor doors’


    An artist’s rendering of a condominium high-rise proposed by ProsPac Holdings Group LLC. As currently envisioned, the residents in the tower’s market-priced units would enter from Keeaumoku Street. The renters, earning between $58,600 for an individual and $83,700 for a family of four, would come in from the Makaloa Street side. The rental entrance is a design element now dubbed a “poor door.” Officials in other cities have decried the poor-door design.

There’s a reason why city officials have favored housing developments designed for residents of mixed income. There are multiple reasons, in fact, especially where it concerns the redevelopment of the urban core, where Honolulu hopes to narrow the gap in available affordable housing. Read more

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