Podmajersky's private history of Pilsen

Developer and landlord John Podmajersky is, for better or worse, something of a legend in Pilsen. He came to the neighborhood nearly half a century ago to visit his chronically ill parents and says he found a neighborhood suffering from abandonment and displacement in the aftermath of expressway construction. He reacted “like a kid in a candy store” and began buying up buildings. Saddled with a growing portfolio of distressed property and difficulty finding and keeping tenants, however, reality began to sink in.

Pod’s solution was to rent to artists, enlisting their help in rehabbing and designing his spaces, and over several decades, he constructed a kingdom of lofts that is something to behold. In this fascinating video, he recounts the evolution of his properties and of Pilsen as he sees it – and he displays some of the attitudes that have made him enemies in the neighborhood. He says, for instance, that he decided early on that he couldn’t rent to locals, because if he rented seven rooms to four people, soon there would be four more, and then 14 in the same apartment.

La historia privada de Podmajersky en Pilsen

Desarollador de bienes y dueño de casa, John Podmakersky es para mal o bien, algo de una legenda de Pilsen. El vino a este barrio casi mas de mitad de un centenario para visitar a sus cronicamente enfermos padres y dice que encontro a un barrio sufriendo de abandono y desplazado, despues de lo ocurrido de la construccion de el expressway. El reacciono como “un niño en una tienda de dulces" y empezo a comprar edificios. Ensillado con un portfolio de propiedades malas y con la dificultad de encontrar y mantener inquillinos, la realidad le empeso a caer.

La solucion de Podmajersky era de rentar a artistas, con que le ayudaran a mantener y diseñar sus espacios, y sobre unas cuantas decadas, el construyo el reino de lofts, que es algo que contemplar. En este video facinante, el recuenta la evolucion de sus propiedades y de Pilsen como el lo vee—y muestra unas de las actitudes que le ha creado enemigos en el barrio. El dice, que por ejemplo, el decidio muy temprano que no rentaria a personas locales, porque cuando el rentaba siete cuartos a cuatro gentes, pronto tenia cuatro mas, y luego 14 mas en el mismo apartamento.

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