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How Medians Are Making A Difference

An innovative program in Chicago combines job training with city beautification.
October 5, 2003, 11am PDT | Connie Chung
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For 10 years, the Chicago Christian Industrial League "has been steadily expanding an innovative program to provide training in landscaping to those it serves in its homeless shelter and rehabilitation facility....the league's landscape services department now maintains the growths of nature on 20 of the city's 62 major medians. It also keeps tabs on several hundred traffic circles and other planting areas." Recently, the group led a tour of "the city's greatest medians....Billed as a 'City of Gardens Bus Tour,' the excursion was built around what its tour guides called 'the challenges of urban landscaping, the secrets of city horticulture and the beautification of Chicago.'" The program's general manager commented:"This program is about beautifying Chicago, but it is also about developing people'....The training includes classes in personal organization, financial planning and on-the-job smarts."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Thursday, October 2, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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