Yesterday’s successful recall election in the 24th Ward — and earlier recalls in two other Wards — points to an important reality in the City: there’s a lot more at stake these days than in the recent past.
With property values up throughout the City and many neighborhoods seeing new commercial and residential investment for the first time in years, it is clear that aldermen — invested by the Charter and aldermanic practice with a great deal of authority — must exercise their powers prudently, building partnerships to support new projects that make sense.
Most aldermen already look for consensus and do a good job balancing out the needs of their Wards with the City’s overall direction. And most aldermen are responsive to their constituents. A few are not. Those few may need campaign plans.