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Hall and in local government. The City named a small park off Con- gress Parkway for him in 1989. Born in 1931, his parents were the late Luigi and Linda (DeLuca) By Susan S. Stevens Two towers a dozen stories tall will flank the two similar buildings in the Medical District Apartments on Ashland Avenue north of Taylor Street and south of Polk Street if developers' new plans go through. The first step, however, is get- ting the neighbors to agree to the project. A joint venture of three com- panies wants to replace two little- used parking garages to the north and south of the existing two 12- story, 410-unit Medical District Apartment buildings in the 900 block of South Ashland Avenue. The new buildings combined would contain about 500 rental apartments. The Medical District Apart- ments are not affiliated with the Illinois Medical District. Residents of the neighboring Campus Green townhouses occupy the same City-designated Planned Development, and as such must vote their approval for the devel- opers to construct the new apart- ment buildings. They rejected sev- eral previous plans over the years. Advocates and opponents of the new buildings, plus several people who are undecided, spoke at an Aug. 18 community meeting attended by about 35 people. The developers had modified their original plan after an April meeting. Rochelle Cirrinano, whose family owns three townhouses, An independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago September 2, 2016 FREE Vol. 34, No. 5 INSIDE By William S. Bike, Susan S. Stevens, and Mark J. Valentino Oscar Ovid D'Angelo, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of the Near West Side/Taylor Street area, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, at age 84. Mr. D'Angelo was considered the savior of the community by some, and a dealmaker more inter- ested in helping developers and politicians than local residents by others. He was a confidante of mayors of Chicago from the 1950s through the 1990s, and was partic- ularly close with Mayors Richard J. Daley, Jane Byrne, and Richard M. Daley, although Mayor Harold Washington often kept Mr. D'An- gelo at arms' length. Mr. D'Angelo also held great influence at City Oscar O. D'Angelo, controversial and influential leader who made 'Little Italy' his home, passes away at 84 Continued on page 12 Other highlights: Local leaders reflect on the life and times of the late Oscar D'Angelo. See page 10. The story of a unique era: Gazette publisher Mark Valentino looks back at history with Oscar D'Angelo. See page 14. Second Chance Thrift offers back-to-school specials. See page 30. Gazette Professional Services Guide covers healthcare, legal, and financial issues. See page 22. Around the Neighborhood: students back at St. Barbara School. See page 20. By Johnny Figel The Chicago architecture commu- nity is ready to help revitalize all 50 wards in the city. So said Michael Wood, the Chi- cago Architecture Foundation (CAF) senior director of program strategy, who added it took just ten days for the organization to recruit 50 Chicago-based design firms to participate in CAF's exhibition 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards. "There's an enthusiastic base [of designers]," Wood said. "It's both a show of strength and com- munity that we were able to re- cruit firms for the exhibition in the timespan that we did." The showcase, launched as a part of CAF's 50th anniversary and currently on display in its Atrium Gallery through December, has been billed as a visual conversa- tion on the role design can play in solving Chicago's community challenges at both the local and citywide levels. To facilitate this dialogue, CAF Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibits offer plans to revitalize wards in this area Community debates twin 12-story apartment buildings on Ashland Continued on page 6 Continued on page 3 The City of Chicago named a small park offCongress Parkway for Oscar D'Angelo in 1989. He is shown at the dedication with his wife, Paula.

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