14 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Ald. Cappleman AGAIN LIES About Homeless: Many Uptown Homeless were NOT HELPED by DFSS

Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed...

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Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed to vehicular traffic for a brief duration during nighttime, but not at the same time. Those who were staying under the viaducts are being assisted by the city's Department of Family & Support Services--which has had case workers on site on a daily basis for more than a month--as well as other non-profit providers who specialize in identifying and accessing shelter and permanent housing. I fully support a "Housing First" approach with the goal of finding permanent, affordable housing and then providing connections to community-based support for long-term success. I will continue to work with agencies such as DFSS and non-profits, as well as listen to the concerns of the community at large, in order to meet the needs of all members of our community."

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Let us all remember that a few years ago, Ald. Cappleman wanted to treat the Uptown viaduct area homeless like pigeons: He wanted the homeless to stop being fed by the Salvation Army food truck near the Wilson viaduct so that the homeless would not congregate there. Prior to that he wanted the feeding the pigeons stopped in a like fashion, with that added factor of sending some pigeons to Indiana to be shot.
    This from a former licensed Social Worker turned "progressive" Alderman, James Cappleman.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Paint/Ceramic/Glass

    I was at the Clarendon Park meeting tonight

    Cappleman is floating an idea to privatize part of the fieldhouse.

    Enough is enough...that should go over as well as the wave pool with compressors next the bird sanctuary idea...for real I kid ya not.

    A lot of people who disagree with me on a lot of issues are completely done with Cappleman, its a diverse group..

22 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Tent City

Tent City has relocated for the time being.
Thank you.

36 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Block Party Ideas

Any ideas on some fun stuff to do for a Block Party?

  • central park 5 no profiling!

    I here one block party in the 45th ward had a good size pinata that was gussied up with a likeness of an arena, "tiny hands" and all. It was a big hit. Make that many, many, hits.I understand Uptown Littleton was brought in to do the artwork.

  • Love that piñata idea! A big rat tail off the back of it would make it even better and more authentic! It would really be satisfying for the adults in the crowd! Don't know if candy would come out of it, though. It may just be full of ..... you get the idea!

43 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

New to Neighborhood...Halloween?

We just moved to the North Center area from Lincoln Square and wonder how much Halloween is celebrated? We live o Berteau just a few homes from Western. Do you think we will have kids coming for candy? I hate to buy it, have few/no children and then have extra, temping candy in the house.

Opinions?

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Agreed, Friendly Neighbor. Great chance to meet more neighbors (your vintage and the kid's vintage). And Halloween is often the last time many people are outdoors until Spring!

  • MKW in Lincoln Square 25 years in the Square

    LinSqGuy, you'll have lots of visitors, no worry about leftover candy!! Usually goes from about 4-8 pm. And Friendly neighbor, they close the streets down over in the Manor!! Very fun time for kids AND adults over there :))

44 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Appliance repair needed ASAP

I know there was a thread a while back, now we are in need of repair for both the washer and dryer. Any suggestions?

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Relocating to Avondale

Hi! My family of 4 is relocating to the Avondale area and would love some area feedback! We are relocating for the Indianapolis area.

Here are a few things I am interested in :
-art scene (My husband is an artist so I'd like to connect with the art orgs.)
-schools (I have two children in elementary school and are currently homeschooling.)
-dining options/recommendations
-general area/community, and any feedback relating to relocating to the area.

Thank you in advance! :)

  • I suggest using clearmap which is from the Actual police department. That area has changed within the past few years but still, I agree with other people that there is a definite gang presence and gang related shootings.

  • DTD

    Hello!
    We bought a home at George & Harding 3 years ago. The neighborhood has changed a lot in that time, for the better. There are several families with kids on our block and Koz park is always bustling with strollers and soccer games. It's a very family-friendly section of...

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    Hello!
    We bought a home at George & Harding 3 years ago. The neighborhood has changed a lot in that time, for the better. There are several families with kids on our block and Koz park is always bustling with strollers and soccer games. It's a very family-friendly section of Avondale. I feel safe walking my dog at night. However, I have witnessed shootings, drug deals and gang activity. There are resident homeless that live in the area nearly year-round. I have cleaned up human feces off our property. The litter bothers me. Rats are a serious problem. Our garage was broken into. Things are getting better, and you'll get more for your money over here, but I would spend some time walking around and sitting in the park. We are happy here but it's not for everyone. Message me directly if you'd like. Best of luck.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Does anyone know what was going on behind La Unica around 6:10 Monday evening?

A couple of ambulances and fire trucks. Didn't see a lot of police, but I wasn't gonna hang around to see what it was.

  • elm

    thanks, tspenc.

    Helen? You could have provided a helpful response, but instead you were snide and rude. Being a bitter old hag doesn't become you, Helen. Here or on Facebook.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    And calling people bigoted names (age, gender) doesn't become anyone.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Let's get real about gentrification

Hey Chicago. Why do we always use the word "gentrification" in a negative context? I mean when neighborhoods are gentrified, we typically see a decrease in crime, an increase in school quality, and an increase in badly needed city revenue in the form of property taxes.
Renting vs owning both carry pros and cons. One of the drawbacks of renting is the risk of future lease prices rising. Are renters entitled to the benefits of a gentrifying neighborhood simply because they have rented there for years?

Ok now tell me now what a horrible person I am.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Part 1 of 2

    "But unless all residents of a community are recognized as stakeholders and granted an equal voice..."

    A voice equal to whom? To the property owner? A voice from whom? "All residents of a community?" So not only do my tenants have a voice equal to mine...

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    Part 1 of 2

    "But unless all residents of a community are recognized as stakeholders and granted an equal voice..."

    A voice equal to whom? To the property owner? A voice from whom? "All residents of a community?" So not only do my tenants have a voice equal to mine regarding a building that I own, but "all residents of the community" have an equal say in the use, rental, and disposition of my real property?

    See, those are the very self-defeating arguments that doom the cause of social justice in such matters.

    When one rents a car, Catbus, one does not have a voice (or rights) equal to its owner. That is the very nature of the "bundle of rights" attendant to property ownership vs. temporary rental possession. The former is all-inclusive. The latter is very, very limited.

    But of course, some will argue that renting a car is an option, but everyone has a "right" to the housing of their choise.

    Well, no, the law does not agree with that opinion, but only for the sake of argument, let's pursue that line of thought.

    A right to housing? Whatever kind of housing a tenant wants? Whatever quality level?
    Anywhere they want? At the level of rent they want? For as long as they want?

    Why? Because their past occupancy (mere occupancy) has vested them with those "rights" - that somehow their rents were property "investments" that give them the status of co-owners with "an equal voice in the future of the real property?

    A renter is not a co-owner.

    Were it otherwise, the law would hold that when an apartment building is sold for more than its market value was at the start of someone's tenancy, then the tenant is entitled to a share of the profit by reason of his/her "investment." Perhaps even retroactively though they may not be a tenant at the time of sale.

    But tenants are not "investors." They do not share ownership and control of the building. Their responsibilities are for the unit entrusted to them and are far short of those of the building owner.

    (con't.)

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Part 2 of 2

    A renter only borrows an apartment in exchange for a market rent set under the terms of a least or rental agreement. And they know that. They know that their right to occupancy ends according to agreed terms.

    That said, I have tenants. They pay a...

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    Part 2 of 2

    A renter only borrows an apartment in exchange for a market rent set under the terms of a least or rental agreement. And they know that. They know that their right to occupancy ends according to agreed terms.

    That said, I have tenants. They pay a fair rent for excellent apartments, but I would not call it a cheap rent. Rents escalate over time because the building represents an investment in an income producing property. It is a business for profit. We are not a commune. Yet we do respect and appreciate the tenants. They just do not have an equal say in the management or disposition of the property.

    The rents in the neighborhood increase over time because the high tide raises all boats. Some errantly refer to that as "gentrification." It is a misuse of the term.

    Following the notion that I am harming the entire community by raising rents, by extension I therefore am responsible for the local increase in the cost of brownies.

    If the local Kwicky Mart raises the cost of its groceries over the years, the reasons for that could include opportunism, or not. But in any event my rental increases are not responsible for the rising cost of brownies. Go talk to the shopkeeper about that issue.

    Tenants should be treated with respect, but that does not extend to recognizing that they have a interest ... rights ... in an apartment or property that by any measure even begins to approach that/those of the titled owner of the property.

    Where your whole appeal breaks down is at the point where it equates non-owners with owners. It seems to be a veiled argument against private property. If so, you are free do to so it will never be a winning argument in as much as it seeks to "take" from those that have and give it to those who do not.

    Most people see that for what it is. And I never even had to use the "S" word to prove that point because upon examination it is self-evident.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Suspicious Man

Hello -

I have seen a man 3 times in the past 3 days between Central Park and Kimball on Belden. Not sure what he is up to. He has been looking into cars, drinking a beer walking down the street. I walked past him as he was stopped in the middle of the intersection blocking a car from going past. He bent down to get closer to my son in his stroller. I quickly walked home.

Later, I saw...

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Hello -

I have seen a man 3 times in the past 3 days between Central Park and Kimball on Belden. Not sure what he is up to. He has been looking into cars, drinking a beer walking down the street. I walked past him as he was stopped in the middle of the intersection blocking a car from going past. He bent down to get closer to my son in his stroller. I quickly walked home.

Later, I saw him drinking a beer across the street from my house looking at someone in their car that was sitting parked and talking on the phone. He kept getting closer to the car and then threw his empty can at another car. The person ended up driving away.

Then, this morning I saw him walking down the street shirtless at about 9 AM. Crossed the street quickly as my nanny was getting out of her car. She was walking towards the house and I saw him looking into her car.

He walks at a fast pace, I've seen him wearing baggy-ish jeans black or white t-shirt or no shirt. He has shoulder length black hair either down or pulled into a bun. He is probably 5'10", Hispanic.

Not sure why he is looking into cars and pacing back and forth up the street.. He just really intimidated me by trying to get closer to my son as I was walking by. Just wanted to share.

  • MVN

    Update: I saw the same guy leave the same house as the girls this morning (as I mentioned in my last post). I think they're related. False alarm on my part--and I'm guessing probably not the same guy you saw @LoganMom. That first interaction was unsettling but today was much better.

  • Doesn't sound like a false alarm.....'it' just doesn't feel right, does it?
    We just need to watch for each other...sound like it is important for you just to 'keep an eye' on the situation...and thanks for doing so!

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