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By Patrick Butler Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward) would like to see a memo- rial both to the Union Stock Yards and the 1910 fire there that killed 21 firefighters. "It was the largest loss of fire- fighters in American history until 9-11," said Thompson. To create such a memorial, he wants to see the long-vacant Stock Yards Bank building at 4146 S. Halsted St., now owned by the City, with a museum on the sec- ond floor celebrating Chicago's role as "hog butcher to the world," and a replica of an early 1900s apartment typical of a Stock Yards worker's home "so people can see what life was like back in those days," Thompson said. He also would like to see a first-class restaurant on the first floor. "There are a lot of compa- nies that are looking for a place for parties, business luncheons, and other events," Thompson said. He noted that the City would continue owning the building and lease out space for the restaurant. A foundation would be created to 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 4, 2015 FREE Vol. 33, No. 5 Blackhawks, Rush to use Malcolm X site. See page 14. Other highlights: Tempers flare at Peoria Street building meeting. See page 3. Montefiore School not closed, but has no students. See page 15. Gazette Professional Services Guide. See page 27. INSIDE By Susan S. Stevens The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will restore express bus ser- vice sometime this fall on the No. 9 Ashland Avenue and the No. 49 Western Avenue routes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA president Dorval Carter Jr. at an Aug. 18 news conference indicated a plan for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system on Ashland Avenue is not a priority. The City already had abandoned plans for a Western Avenue BRT. BRT opponents, who objected to losing a lane of traffic in each direction for dedicated bus lanes and to eliminating left turns at many intersections, have pushed for restoring express bus service as an alternative. The CTA halted express bus ser- vices in 2010, with the City claim- ing it did not have the money to keep them going. Plans for reviv- ing express buses emerged only after the City proposed spending between $100 million and $200 million for BRT. "What is really important to celebrate is that City Hall listened," said Roger Romanelli, executive director of the Randolph/Fulton Market Association and a leader CTA restoring express buses on Ashland and Western; BRT unlikely Protesters angered by CHA land transfers, lack of housing units Teacher Robin Fowler helps youngsters excel at Children of Peace School. See page 35. By Lisa R. Jenkins Former Chicago Housing Auth- ority (CHA) residents from the Dearborn, Ickes, and Wentworth Gardens Homes, along with community organizers, protest- ed outside 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell's office on August 6 because the City of Chicago has transferred public CHA land to commercial interests. Protesters called for aldermen and the CHA to place a morato- rium on all land swaps and sales of public housing land and to create a plan for replacement housing. Promises of replacement hous- ing since the CHA demolished highrise developments between 1996 and 2010 mostly have gone unrealized, protesters said. Instead, the CHA has made deals with private developers to provide land that used to hold public housing for a grocery store and athletic facilities. According to Roderick Wilson, executive director of the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, a protest orga- nizer, "There is a crisis of afford- able housing in ChicagoDuring the last four years of the [Richard M.] Daley Administration, the CHA averaged a little more than Continued on page 6 Continued on page 8 Continued on page 10 Thompson offers plans for Stock Yards Bank building Around the Neighborhood: The Feast of San Rocco is a summer highlight. See page 20. FESTA ITALIANA-the Chicago Festa Italiana, one of the highlights of the year on Taylor Street and hosted by the University Village Association on Aug. 13-16, offered food, music, and fun for the entire family.

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