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Residents Protest Living Conditions at Capital Towers

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Residents demonstrated against living conditions on the day Capital Towers planned an open-house.
RALEIGH — Many think of retirement as "golden years", but they're anything but glittering for some senior citizens inRaleigh. Folks who live at Capital Towers on Six Forks Road spent Monday morning carrying pickets signs to call attention to what they say are inadequate living conditions at the retirement community, after a rentincrease was announced.

Capital Towers is a pair 12-story building housing about 300 people whosay they are having difficulty getting along with management. Monday wasscheduled to be an open-house at the community, during which managementhad hoped to lure new residents.

Capital Towers resident Barbara Gobel says improvements are badlyneeded.

Craig Bromby is an attorney for the residents. He says conditions havedeteriorated.

Resident Eleanor Cerovsky says she enjoys living in Capital Towersdespite a recent rent increase.

Building management declined to comment on the protest. Rent increaseshave amounted to over 25 percent over the past year, in some cases.Renovations have recently been completed, but residents say they have lostmuch of their living space and common areas.

Monday's demonstration was the second. Residents also protestedSaturday. Residents and their attorney are hoping that

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