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"In so many things green, Montclair has been there first"

I don't know about you, but I've certainly noticed a pattern and apparently, so has the mayor of Montclair. In yesterday's Montclair Times, mayor Jerry Fried observes "In so many things green, Montclair has been there first".  What is it about this town that fosters green innovation and attracts so many like minds? Fried attributes the phenomenon to two factors: The shared values and the physical characteristics of the town.

Perhaps the desire for diversity, education and tolerance attracts people with a certain mindset - according to Fried it's the key to evolutionary and biological resilience as well as sustainability.  These same people seem also to appreciate Montclair's layout - a sensible, tree-lined grid of streets with neighborhood commercial zones that evolved around the 6 train stations.  The walkable streets of Montclair, where housing is integrated in many areas with shops, restaurants, parks and public gathering places makes it a model for vibrant community living.

In honor of Earth Day, here now, a partial list of Montclair's green accomplishments:

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