The Properties of Integration: Mixed Income Housing as Discrimination Management

Abstract

When some developers of mixed income housing constructed buildings containing separate entrances for rich and the poor residents, the resulting “poor door” controversy provided an opportunity to critically assess mixed income housing policy. This article argues that mixed income housing is a policy response to racial segregation structured around managing discrimination – building affordable housing in a way that takes into account the discriminatory preferences of wealthier residents. Deciding whether “discrimination management” is acceptable requires confronting racism as a permanent condition in our society and the costs of catering to discriminatory preferences in order to seek to achieve a possibly greater good.

By uclalaw