by Gwendolyn Brooks
Kitchenette Building Prejudice Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now, (12)
The discriminatory housing policies made it so rent was too high for families to afford more space. They often shared one private room, and then shared bathrooms with many other families.
We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it. (13)
As you might imagine, there weren't many fancy amenities in the kitchenette buildings. In fact, there wasn't even enough hot water to go around. There were few regulations on how many people a single apartment or floor could have, so hot water ran out quickly. Residents were no strangers to a "refreshing" mid-January cold shower in Chicago. Brrrr.