Chicago's last major slaughterhouse looking for a new home

CHICAGO - More than 100 years after Upton Sinclair's scathing critique of Chicago's meat industry in "The Jungle," the city's last major slaughterhouse is looking for a new home.
calendar icon 19 March 2007
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Franco Chiappetti, among the fourth generation of Chiappettis to run Chiappetti Veal and Lamb, said the company is pressed by a lack of space - and increasingly surrounded by expensive homes, shops and restaurants rapidly transforming the once-gritty enclave.

"I'm looking out the window at the rooftop of a $500,000 (EUR 375,235, three-year-old home," Chiappetti said. "We didn't pick a residential area, a residential area picked us."

When the slaughterhouse moves, the old brick buildings likely will be torn down to make way for houses, book stores, restaurants and other businesses, said Franco Chiappetti's father, company President Dennis Chiappetti.

And with that, the neighborhood could lose one of the last reminders of an industry that once was the envy of the world, and a symbol of American ingenuity.

Source: PRAVADA

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