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John F. Wasik

Guest Columnist

John F. Wasik is the author of 19 books, including “The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream.” An environmentalist, he is a member of the Lake County Board and vice president of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. He’s contributed to The New York Times, Forbes, Next Avenue, Reuters and Bloomberg.

Since 2009, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture and jobs training initiative has a 91% job placement rate six months after graduation through its apprenticeship program.
On the Southeast Side, I discovered folks working to restore eco-preserves sprouting between shuttered mills. Here was a nascent template for the entire city and region.