Post Brothers Rental Apartments has arrived in Germantown bringing with them Exceptional Living --but only for a certain few!
Dr. Lenore J. Daniels | 08.06.2011
Mostly Black, elderly, fixed-income, disabled residents are being pushed out of their apartment homes, homes they have occupied for 20, 30 years or more, by the ruthless determination of housing corporations, whose only goal is to further their growth and to increase profits. And these corporations accomplish their goal in Style with the misuse of young Black managerial staffs all too eager to please, too eager to "get rich quick." This is one reason we must participate in the October2011 movement. Watch Video
Post Brothers Rental Apartments and 633 West Rittenhouse Street:
It’s No Tale about Love!
(SUMMARY: In Germantown, Philadelphia, mostly Black, elderly, fixed-income, disabled residents are being pushed out of their apartment homes, homes they have occupied for 20, 30 years or more, by the ruthless determination of housing corporations, whose only goal is to further their growth and to increase profits. And these corporations accomplish their goal in Style with the misuse of young Black managerial staffs all too eager to please, too eager to "get rich quick.")
Sofas, arms chairs, end tables, and dining room sets, kitchen tables and chairs, toasters, pots, dishes, glasses, cups, family albums, photos, and mementos. Twenty, thirty years of life in your apartment, your home…
Move it all to the other building in the complex. Move it all by August 15, 2011. We will give you $250 dollars to move! And did we say “we are pleased to offer you a month-to-month lease with Rittenhouse Hill Apartments’?
The current leases be damned! Toss them!
Did we say “we appreciate your cooperation and we want you to be a part of the Exceptional Value and Exceptional Living Post Brothers Apartments offers to our residents”?
Did we say at our meeting with residents on April 1, 2011 (where we talked at you) that we will honor current leases? Things have changed! Move from the A building to the B building by August 15th or we assume “you intend to vacate your apartment by September 15, 2011”! We have to renovate what was once known as Empirian Luxury Towers! Did we explain what renovation really means? Did we spell out the cost of renovation for you—in terms of rent?
Not exactly! But check out Post Brothers’ other renovated sites.
See the building on Chelten and Morris? You can’t miss it! Bikini-clad women display the newly renovated kitchen!
Yes, “friendly faces” make it easier for Post Brothers to carry out those plans. Tenant found a letter and a new lease form on their doors on July 19, 2011. But it was late! After the offices closed, so some discovered these letters as they left for work on the next day or as they stepped out to take a walk. The A side will be renovated! Hurry, hurry, hurry! You have by the 31st of July to respond. “There are limited amounts of available units [in B] and they are first come, first serve.”
Or, sorry! Please move by September 30, 2011. No option to move to B! Sorry!
After 18 years, the middle-aged couple, owners of the deli on the ground level, is asked to close shop by the end of August!
It was about money under Empirian Properties, too! Tenants referred to Empirian Luxury Towers as the “Empirian Ghetto Towers” since the need for money welcomed all comers! “Riffraff” and squatters also made 633 West Rittenhouse Street their home particularly in B building since their friends made sure the fire doors were propped open to allow anyone to by pass “security” in the lobby. Sorry, we can’t fix the door. We tried!
Tenants negotiated life among drug users and prostitutes. Loud music kept tenants up at night. A handful of working washers and dryers forced many to seek laundry facilities elsewhere. Old elevators trapped other, if the elevators worked at all. Dirty, smelly hallways and trash rooms sickened some. Break-ins forced others to vacate their apartments.
Complain and you are on the list! The crazy, the pest list! You don’t like it, leave!
But in April of this year, it’s don’t worry. Don’t worry. We are here for you! Don’t worry, elderly fixed-income residents, disabled residents, parents with small children, students. Mostly Black residents! One or two years before anyone is moved anywhere!
My how time flies!
Tenants at 633 West Rittenhouse Street wanted their apartments to reflect the already high rents they have paid for years. But who was listening then? Who is listening now when it is still about money? He’s busy. She’s busy! Everybody in the newly renovated Post Brothers offices is busy! We have plans to carry out, and these plans do not seem to match the plans (and hopes) of the tenants.
Nameless, faceless, “problems.” It would seem that some in the Germantown community doesn’t know the tenants of Rittenhouse Hill Apartments, and they certainly don’t love them either.
Some in the community believe they know Post Brothers! Some in the community know the corporation knows how to do it! How to win hearts and minds! How to program friendly familiar Black faces and have those faces emphasize fairness and what now stands for democratic values: Money!
Exceptional living is all about the interests of the wealthy class—the corporate class, in the long run. Corporatism rids the community of its undesirable members, who, are not, through no fault of their own, as William Faulkner’s Thomas Sutpen once put it in Absalom! Absalom!, and “could never be…adjunctive or incremental to the design…in mind.” In the very near future, this same corporate spirit will rid the community of even its middle-class corporate supporters! That too is the tragedy of Germantown like so many communities in the U.S. The logic of fear and hatred is genocide because historically the –isms of destruction will not stop with the removal of a certain segment of the community. Its target is the community itself! But who remembers history? Post Brothers sees a bright future!
Twenty, thirty years of life. Pack it all up! Haul it off to the other building or goodbye!