Earlier this month about 50 people showed up to the community meeting for police beat 2311, demanding that police and 46th Ward alderman James Cappleman do more to deal with “gangbangers” they blamed for problems in their community.

The beat covers the chunk of Uptown from Montrose north to Lawrence and Broadway west to Clark. There have been a number of highly publicized shootings there this year, including several in broad daylight, and residents said they often encounter open drug dealing and loitering, even when they’re on their way to work in the morning.