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The army of armchair critics use the same tropes, repeatedly accusing Alderman Cappleman of failing to 'care' for Uptown's poor and less able, and accusing him of 'eliminating' affordable housing. The reality on the ground, however, could not be further from the truth.
Over his 10 years in office, we have watched Alderman Cappleman work consistently to ensure that the community is filled with top-performing service providers who can help care and uplift Uptown's less affluent and less able residents.
In 2020, Alderman Cappleman worked closely with Howard Brown on their new initiatives, establishing a health center in Uptown at the former Salvation Army location at Sunnyside and Broadway, an under-construction new youth center on Irving Park (immediately south of Uptown), and a massive new health center slated to be built within the 46th Ward at 3501 N. Halsted.
(EDIT: a fan of the blog points out that Howard Brown does not operate a clinic here. Howard Brown owns the building and maintains administrative offices at this location. Since Howard Brown pulled permits for a medical clinic at this location and there were signs for Howard Brown on the door, it was our assumption that Howard Brown also operates the clinic here. Based on research, however, it appears Howard Brown does not operate Chicago Women's Health Center (the clinic at this location) and as far as we know, there is no formal affiliation between the two. We regret the error.)
Alderman Cappleman was also a champion of the new state of the art Sarah's Circle building at Leland and Sheridan, which was completed earlier this year. And, as readers know, the Alderman has most recently worked hard to bolster Weiss Hospital's long-term viability, as well as direct a $3.1 million grant to allow Sarah's Circle to build its third building, this one at Lakeside and Sheridan.
As with many of Alderman Cappleman's decisions, this was made quietly and the announcement will be met with a collective shrug from his critics.
This move, like others before it, will serve all of Uptown's residents and will bring needed services to people who frequent that intersection. We at Uptown Update applaud it. But we expect the critics, as usual, to repeat the same time-worn criticisms and continue to spread outright false information, including the lie that the Alderman has 'eliminated' affordable housing (they can't show any examples).