We don’t just need a strong economy to thrive; we have to build a strong society. Segregation drives us apart, not together.

So said David Cameron, today, in The Times.

He warned against the development of parallel communities.

He was talking about the recent trend for poor doors in the new residential developments being built in London.

New developments in London often need to be built with some proportion of the residences allocated to social housing agencies.

The problem for developers is that the people who want to buy privately don’t want to have to come into contact with people who want to rent socially.

Consequently developers build one entrance, stairwell and lift for private renters and another, termed the ‘poor door’ for social renters.

This way the private renters can be reassured that they don’t have to come into contact with the social renting classes.

Hilary Osborne (2014) Poor doors: the segregation of London’s inner-city flat dwellers, The Guardian.

Hilary Osborne (2014) Boris Johnson rules out ‘poor door’ ban on London housing developments, The Guardian.

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