Fast Company's Diana Budds takes a look at a trail of "bad deals and banal buildings" left behind by the Trump Organization.
Scamming architects out of fees and inflating building heights are just a few of his misdeeds. He was branded an enemy of historic preservation after demolishing an Art Deco-style 1929 department store in Manhattan to construct the hulking Trump Tower. The Met museum had convinced Trump to donate its facade, which featured magnificent limestone relief sculptures to its collection, and he agreed. Shortly after, he changed his mind and demolished them. He was also sued for discrimination:
Before Donald Trump became a purveyor of luxury real estate, he worked with his developer father Fred Trump. In the 1970s, their company was sued for discriminating against people of color. Federal investigators found that Trump employees marked housing applications of minorities with a "C" for "colored" and nudged them toward properties with other minorities. In 1967, only seven of 3,700 apartments in Trump Village, a housing complex in Coney Island, belonged to black families. In 1973, the Justice Department sued Trump management for discrimination, and Trump countersued for defamation. Fred Trump was in charge of Trump Management and likely set the policies, but Donald was the organization's president. The Justice Department's case ended in a settlement.