Monthly Archives: February 2016

No TIF Handout for Luxury Lakefront Hi-Rises

Monday, March 7, 2015 5:30pm
Wilson Avenue @ Lake Shore Drive

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Even by Chicago standards, the brazenness of this theft is stunning.

In a city already infamous for its taxpayer-funded gifts to the wealthy and well-connected, Alderman Cappleman proposes to build a luxury lakefront hi-rise in Uptown using $16 million of TIF tax money.

The development site sits on prime real estate off Lake Shore Drive, one of the last large parcels of land next to Lincoln Park. In no way do the developers need this tax handout other than to widen their own profit margins. It is a gross giveaway at a time of great financial need for schools, teachers and other areas of the city budget.

That homeless Chicagoans sleep underneath bridge viaducts literally a few hundred feet away is apparently of no consequence. $16M would produce a lot of low income housing in a ward that has lost over 1000 SRO units, which typically house people on the edge of homelessness, since Cappleman came into office.

Political contributions apparently greased the skids for the proposed $16M TIF gift. Rahm Emanuel got a $5000 contribution from James Letchinger, who works for JDL, the developer. Cappleman got a $10,000 contribution from a real estate banking firm and over $7,000 from a real estate agent who does work for Letchinger. In return, these politically-connected real estate manipulators get tax money to fuel the whitening and gentrification of one of the few diverse communities on the North Side.

Time and time again, residents of the 46th Ward have voted overwhelmingly for referenda calling for using TIF funding for affordable housing and human needs, and not to subsidize gentrification. Apparently this matters little to elected officials who have such contempt for the democratic demands of the majority. Let’s make it matter to them!

One week before the City Council Finance Committee will probably vote on this TIF, please come to a community march to demand:

** No TIF for the rich!
** Fund low income housing!
** Don’t subsidize gentrification and ethnic cleansing!

Assemble at the Uptown tent encampment, Wilson & Lake Shore Drive, at 5:30pm, Monday, March 7th.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Feb. 19 viaduct cleaning: Wilson Avenue

I am so glad the city of Chicago gives a one week warning and seems to be aware they are under the public microscope. Compared to the past when they would just line up garbage trucks and throw away everything it’s an improvement. But still…

Viaduct cleanings are horrible and costly events

It’s inhumane, the psychological damage the city causes to the people experiencing homelessness at the viaducts. You would have to be there. These pictures do not even begin to convey the pain inflicted. Imagine if in a few hours you had to move the contents of your home 100 feet down the street so it could be swept with brooms. Imagine the damage it would cause to your possessions and state of mind… Imagine how much worse it is for people experiencing the disaster of homelessness and the many with serious healthcare needs… All for a broom sweeping, not even for a power wash and on a day with gale force winds…

UTC ‘Tents for the Homeless’ GoFundMe spent over $1000.00 fixing the damage the city caused

Day one we replaced about 15 tents and associated tarps. Many thanks to our donors for enabling us to be able to respond to these large scale emergencies. This weekend we will replace around 5 more tents and associated tarps. I can only imagine what the cost of 13 city vehicles and 22 city workers present at the cleaning added up to. Only about 5 workers were doing any kind of work. The city of Chicago needs to clean its own house first. When they do, maybe they will adopt a housing first model instead of the torture first model presently practiced.

These pictures are from just the Wilson viaduct. Irving Park, Lawrence and Foster viaducts also had the same bogus cleanings.

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Update – There is a newer GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/UTC-tents-for-the-homeless-2016-17

-Thanks!
Yehuda

Feb. 19 viaduct cleaning: Volunteers needed!

February 19, 2016 – Friday 6am – Lake Shore Drive and the Wilson, Lawrence, and Foster viaducts

Everything must be moved from the viaducts to a nearby park area while the city cleans the viaducts. Then everything must be moved back. Obviously a monumental task. Please help if you can.

Also looking for volunteers to organize breakfast or lunch

Any questions, please leave a comment here or on the Uptown Tent City Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/UptownTentCity

Thanks!
-Yehuda