Are Neighborhoods Animate or Inanimate Objects?

Uptown mansion completed in 1913, 817 W Hutchinson is for sale today for $5.69 million. They don’t build them like this anymore in Uptown but if this was the development scale of today, with Alderman Cappleman Real Estate Industry thinking, you can be sure today’s condo owners would be of no value and tomorrow’s homeless.

The basic ignorance of 46th Ward Ald. Cappleman

…and the others in Chicago’s City Council, I can relate to it. In the first half of my adult life, in the 1970’s as a young property manager, through the mid 1980’s in a high-rise development team on the north side, I possessed many of the very same flaws. That is why I can see these flaws so clearly now.

Even from the mid 1980’s through the year 2000 when I was in the 1st half of my information technology career, just like my real estate time period, and just like Cappleman et al. does today, I saw a neighborhood or community as the buildings in it, the land, the amenities, not the people living there.

You can see this flawed thinking in play constantly at Team Cappleman’s anonymous real estate propaganda rag, the Uptown Update, as they announce each building development as though it were a baby birthed. It’s like playgrounds with no children. You and I may get it, but they just don’t get it. Their blindness is a very dark place. Sad.

Never be confused by the lies and rationalizations of people trying to cover up this deficiency. Actions are the evidence. People are sleeping on sidewalks, and every other nook and cranny they can find yet the City Council Development, Zoning and Building machine carries on full time with nary a thought for those it doesn’t deem worthy of even equal value to inanimate objects.

Learning things the hard way

I always pray for people to have an epiphany over the alternatives. Learning the hard way is not the optimum choice. It goes the same for leaders, who are just human beings as well.

Here’s an important takeaway for Cappleman et al. – ALL human beings have infinite worth. Buildings, land, bricks, concrete and steel, not so much. Invest in people. Put your time into people. Build for people. Provide for people that need housing, not buildings that need people.

There is nothing inherently wrong with -things- but there is a proper order and priority. Things do not hold a candle next to people. This is not up for debate. Acceptance, delusion or defect are the only options anyone has for this principle.

Buildings are for people, not the other way around. Don’t do a market analysis, do a needs analysis. If people are homeless or under-housed in your own ward, build for them. Do what is needed to house them including financially. Remember, you’re a lawmaker and leader. Make some laws and lead. Stop worrying about what the other wards are doing.

Represent equally ALL the people in the area you were elected to serve.

Have the epiphany or learn the hard way, your choice.

Don’t be spiritually homeless either

Fortunately for me, God’s grace became apparent to me in a slow motion epiphany. 59 years into life, near the end of 2015, I finally asked God to reveal himself on his terms. He did.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the greatest wisdom with everyone reading this, Jesus Christ is the cornerstone. This builder preempts all others.

Ephesians 2:19-22 NIV
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Join me and pray for -every- alderman and the Mayor to find out, the hard way if necessary, exactly how painful and scary being homeless is, please. Pray for realistic and compassionate laws and the properly prioritized and honest support of our elected officials.


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By |2017-12-07T13:35:27+00:00December 7th, 2017|City Council|1 Comment

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Member of the Jesus People USA Covenant Church. Founder and leader of Uptown Outside and Election 46. A founder and former leader of the Uptown Tent City Organizers. Resident of Uptown Chicago since 1978. Various corporate and consultant information technology positions since the mid 1980's