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At luxury NYC Trump Place Apartments, residents debate name change

'Since Trump leases his name to buildings he does not own, part of our rent is being used to increase Trump's net worth,' the petition said. (Image source: Wikipedia) Photograph: (Others)

WION New York, NY, United States Oct 28, 2016, 04.48 AM (IST)

Residents of the Trump Place Apartments in New York, a high-end urban development project by Donald Trump, are debating whether to remove the Republican presidential nominee’s name from the facade to protest his divisive campaign for president and accusations that he sexually assaulted women. 

A group of residents launched a petition two weeks ago to take down Trump’s name that is spelled out on the front of the building.

The petition opposes Trump's "appalling treatment of women," "history of racism," attacks on immigrants, mockery of the disabled, tax avoidance and "outright lying" as "antithetical to the values" in which the organisers believe, AFP reported. 

Many staff are minorities or immigrants, and working in a building that bears the Trump name is "insulting," it said, AFP reported.

"Since Trump leases his name to buildings he does not own, part of our rent is being used to increase Trump's net worth," it said, AFP reported.

465 supporters have signed the petition so far. But not everyone agrees to it.

"I think it's nonsense," said a resident told AFP. "When they are going to have to pay for it, they are not going to do it."

"We live here regardless, and we love the staff, that's all that matters," said Ann Rae,AFP reported.

"Some of the people who have signed, we don't even know them, not even sure they live here," she said.

"It's not that we like the name... it's disgusting some of what Trump has said," Rae added. "But it's one of the things about living in New York, there are so many things and buildings in New York that say Trump."

"It's not going to change anything, taking out the name," she said.

The petition reflects the growing threat to Trump’s real estate interests from the setback he has faced on the campaign trail.

Luxury apartments in buildings bearing his name no longer command sale price premiums, despite being up seven per cent on the market rate last year, according to a study by the Redfin real estate agency, AFP reported.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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