It's great to have Steve Patterson back in town and blogging once again. I really missed his presence while he was recovering from a stroke. It made me think once again about the need for a network of like-minded people located in various neighborhoods that could cover and fight for just causes in the city.
This group could have common goals, say smart development, citizen involvement in govt. decisions, pedestrian access, safety, etc. You could do it by ward, by neighborhood, aldermanic precinct, etc.