Gazette Chicago 10 02 2015 E Edition Page 1

By Patrick Butler Would-be developers of a four- building, 56-unit rental apart- ment development at 4223, 4331, 4351, and 4361 S. Halsted St. met with both opposition and sup- port at two-hour meeting Sept. 17 at Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St. 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 October 2, 2015 FREE Vol. 33, No. 6 Mercy Hospital/Lurie Children's enter partnership. See page 3. Other highlights: Notre Dame de Chicago Parish recovers from rectory fire. See page 8. City examines West Loop traffic issues in study. See page 15. RFMA discusses improve- ments for Lake Street. See page 15. INSIDE By Dolly Duplantier A group of 12 parents and activists from the Bronzeville community have ended their 34-day hunger strike over their demand to reopen and make Dyett High School an open enrollment, neighborhood global leadership and green technology high school. The announcement was made during a weekly Rainbow PUSH service. When the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced last month that Dyett, located at 555 E. 51st St., would reopen in 2016 as an open enrollment, arts-focused neighborhood high school and community innovation lab, the activists vowed to continue their strike, which began Aug. 17, sub- sisting only on water and fluids and hoping their demands would be met. The activists have been bat- tling CPS since 2012, when the board of education voted to phase out Dyett High School by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Local organizers, parents, and community groups such as the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett and the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), along with Alderman Will Burns (4th Ward), opposed the decision to close the school. Months of intense com- munity pressure resulted in CPS reversing its decision. Community hunger strikers end fight over the future of Dyett High School Homeless cause Grant Park concerns; City considers dog owners' plight British School opens with rooftop park, skyline view. See page 14. By Patrick Butler Is Grant Park becoming a victim of its own success? At least a few neighbors wonder. No sooner does "Chicago's front yard" receive several long- awaited improvements-includ- ing hundreds of new trees and bushes-than dozens of homeless people start setting up house- keeping, according to some of the neighbors. "I live across from the park, and last Saturday morning I woke up and found 13 men sitting on the benches and a woman just tearing up a newspaper and throwing the pieces around," Russ Dillion told a recent Grant Park Conservancy meeting at the Northerly Island fieldhouse. "Until the law [against vag- rancy] is upheld, this could under- mine all the work that's already been done on this park," Dillion warned. "I called the cops, and you could hear people snicker- ing." A woman backed up Dillion's demands that "we start doing something, make some concerted effort before it's too late," she said. "It used to be that they were down on Lower Wacker Drive. But now they're on Michigan Avenue. Just taking pictures [to give to the police] is not going to do it." Conservancy fights back Grant Park Conservancy direc- tor Robert O'Neill said "the prob- lem is being addressed," but con- ceded, "it's gotten worse than ever. I've been getting all kinds of com- plaints, mainly about Solti Garden at Jackson and Michigan and the Chopin Garden at 11th and Michigan. The complaints were at an all-time high. We've even seen people setting up tents." O'Neill said he's been work- ing with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Chicago Park District security, and the police. "There's nothing compassion- Continued on page 9 Continued on page 10 Continued on page 6 Halsted development runs into opposition, support at meeting St. Aldabert's Church parishioners work to save towers. See page 12. Photo by Owen Lawson III MARGARET BURROUGHS HONORED-The City honored DuSable Museum founder Margaret Burroughs by naming the 31st Street Beach for her. Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown and Congressman Danny Davis display a photo of Ms. Burroughs at the dedication. See Around the Neighborhood, page 20.

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