City Council

7 Dec 2017

Are Neighborhoods Animate or Inanimate Objects?

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

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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13 Oct 2017

The ‘I’m a Social Worker’ deception

By |2017-12-07T12:55:13+00:00October 13th, 2017|City Council|1 Comment

June 28, 2015 – Alderman Cappleman (middle) with Lauren Peters (2nd from left) getting ready to assault me for taking this picture of Cappleman next to the Uptown Baptist Church. I’ve been inviting Cappleman to talk about it for years now, he remains silent. He walked away, apparently OK with the violent abuse of an older constituent by staff half their age, sound like a social worker? I think not. Still, I am ready to get past this when Cappleman is.

Writing about Cappleman is like having teeth pulled

Oy vey iz mir. Serious lamentations. It has to be done however. I need to lay some foundations and move forward. FYI, I know how written text can be misread, there is no sarcasm or condescension in this post. Factual confrontation, yes.

I must confess my anger at the Alderman’s actions recently grew full blown. I was in a state of sin. No excuses, no rationalizations. I was wrong. Its amazing how the blur of lines you don’t want to cross occurs when anger grows… Its still like radiation to me, so I am zipping through these Cappleman posts.

You see Alderman Cappleman, respectfully, you and I are not so different. We are both sinners. I can actually envision that we could sit down and talk. Not on your terms though. We need to both be in a repentant state. If you are not there yet, that is cool, I took a long time too.

You might think people just want to yell, but that is not true. People are just frustrated talking to a wall that doesn’t listen, that just wants to talk in circles about how it is not a wall. No one wants to waste their time with that.

As someone with social worker training, even if you didn’t take it to heart, you must recognize that addict kind of yip-yap in yourself.

Well, if you don’t see it, consider asking God (seriously) to reveal it to you. Worked for me, you’d be amazed at what God has shown me, once I stopped filling the answer box with my own answers and asked Him instead.

Again respectfully, because you stated you were once a Friar, perhaps then or even now still, you believe(d) in an all powerful God, the grace and mercy of Jesus. Either way, God loves you as much as me, but I cannot bring you to Him, only you can go.

A hand as cold as dead

One evening, earlier this week on Wilson Avenue, I shook the hand of a former Uptown Tent City resident, an older man whose hand was cold as dead. I touched his shoulder and felt his clothes, he was soaking wet from head to foot. The weather was windy and chilly, the wrong time to be soaking wet. I would generally describe him as appearing ‘shell shocked’. ‘Sleeping’ outside on blankets in the rain, hiding in the park. I gave him a tent, which is a pathetically inadequate response.

This situation is a direct result of the evictions. One of a hundred. Cappleman owns this. Is this social work? I think not.

Now here is the thing, am I any better a person than Cappleman? Surely, I am no better, probably even worse a person than Cappleman. I did face my bad and repent though.

Repentance sounds like a harsh word, but in reality it is a lot easier than days, weeks, and years of rationalizing clearly wrong behavior. Once you do it, you wonder why you resisted so long.

Ephesians 5:11 NIV
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

I will also mention that the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter cared enough about this to actually ‘sponsor’ or pay to have this Facebook post more widely circulated. They also posted it on their webpage:

NASW-Illinois Chapter Statement on the Homeless Tent City in Uptown

FYI, writing this post has been a real spiritual blessing to me. I’m sure I learned more about my own heart than I tried to share with Cappleman about his, as it should be. The needless suffering of the homeless and poor in Uptown however, needs to be dealt with. A wrong needs to be righted. Otherwise we need a new leader.


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