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Date published: 2006/02/05

The Financial Times (UK) weekend edition occasionally (roughly once a month) contains a glossy supplement called "How To Spend It". Well, the name says it all, and if you are unwilling to spend a few hundred pounds (euros, dollars) on a purse or a few thousand on a dress then this is not the magazine for you. This week's "How To Spend It" contains not one but two two-page spreads for extremely expensive apartments in New York (so you have to wonder about the health of the New York City real estate market if they think Brits have more money than Yanks). One advertisement says you can buy half and full floor (!) apartments starting at $10 million. But the more amusing one has apartments starting at a mere $3 million. The small print of the blurb says:

We are pledged to the letter and the spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin."

How touching, the only barrier is wealth (and perhaps whether you support the Yankees or the Mets).

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