Top left to right, Barbara Basin, Laura Bradley, Jill Gunter, Carlos Larruscain, and Ken Caster.Bottom left to right, Tim Sonder, and Lauren Spain-Biondi. RoundTable photos

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‘Ifs’: Making a Livable, Sustainable Community
In an Earth Day brainstorning session on April 24, Robin Simmons said, “Gun violence and affordable housing are directly linked to economic opportunities.”

Evanston would be a more livable City if the community could make progress in addressing the challenges of affordable housing, economic development, racism, and gun violence.

About 100 residents attended a working meeting on those three topics at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center.   (See story on page 18.)

More land in Evanston will be devoted to growing food. Members of Edible Evanston (EE), now a part of Citizens Greener Evanston, spent some of their free time in April building raised beds for vegetable gardens. The group has built at least two raised beds in 13 places around town, including the one above at the home of Jill Gunter and Carlos Larruscain. “The plan is to encourage Evanston residents to grow their own food and to share it,” said EE member Ken Kasten.

In Ladd Arboretum, cigarette butts were the most picked-up item; at Evanston Township High School, students reported food wrappers and broken beer bottles, as volunteers sorted recyclables from trash as part of the City’s April 23 Earth Day celebration.

Chris Gregory, Nani Boyce, Helen David and Cecile McHugh each said they found “lots of cigarette butts” – 140 was Ms. Boyce’s count by about 10:30 a.m. Striding through the Arboretum Adam Blough had his hands full. “Black bags for refuse, clear ones for recyclables. The bolt-cutters,” he said, nodding at a two-foot long set in one hand, “I don’t even want to speculate about.”  

Just a few blocks away, members of the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, several of them Evanston Township High School alums, joined more than 50 ETHS students in cleaning up the high school grounds. The students reported their main findings were candy wrappers and broken beer bottles.