Chicago: No Place for Scarface

No Place for Scarface

As a symbol of American enterprise at its worst, Al Capone has a place in history. But some Chicagoans would rather forget the legendary mobster. When Mark Levell, 29, a computer technician and amateur historian, proposed to the U.S. Interior Department that it designate as a historic site the red brick house on Chicago's South Side where Scarface lived during his 1920s crime wave, he sparked a heated reaction.

Residents of the neighborhood groused that they didn't want to put up with visiting busloads of crime buffs. Italian-American organizations argued, somewhat illogically, that by designating the house, the Government would be...

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