For Better Infrastructure, Show Up Here

On October 10, Alderman James Cappleman will announce participatory budgeting in the 46th Ward.  Participatory budgeting is a community-based process where community members decide how to spend $1.3 million in Aldermanic menu funds.  Residents gather at neighborhood assemblies, develop project ideas, and then vote on the ideas. If you are reading this, you would probably like to see infrastructure that promotes walking bicycling and transit as keys to a healthy, safe neighborhood. Come to these neighborhood assemblies and get your ideas out there:

Wednesday, October 10 @ 6pm (Anshe Emet: 3751 N Broadway)
Wednesday, October 17 @ 7pm (Thorek Hospital: 850 W Irving Park)
Saturday, October 20 @ 10am (Uplift Community High School: 900 W. Wilson)
Wednesday, October 24 @6pm (Stockton Elementary School: 4425 N Beacon)
Tuesday, October 30 @ 7pm (Peoples Church: 941 W. Lawrence)
Here is the 46th Ward PB Flyer (PDF Download)

About bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.


  1. Would you consider cross-posting this info on EveryBlock? I originally found out about participatory budgeting via Ald. Moore’s 49th ward posts there. I’ve not seen this info re. the 46th anywhere else so far, so thanks so much for posting it!

    • We do have a media relationship with EveryBlock and we can reach out to them to make sure they post this information. We’ll also update the locations soon. Thanks again.

  2. Pingback: Take action: 46th Ward residents have opportunity to directly influence expenditure of $1.3 million on infrastructure | Grid Chicago

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