Every city and town has its boosters. With each new Top 10 list, communities west of Boston gain more statewide and national recognition. But do the rankings get it right?
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Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln were among the state’s top 10 communities with the most alternative fuel cars per capita last year, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. And Brookline households drove a mere 24.2 miles a day between 2005 and 2007, the least amount of time behind the wheel in the area. Next
Local towns also dominated the MAPC’s 2011 list of most orders from the Regional Bike Rack Program, which reimburses communities for the cost of purchasing bike racks. Bolton, Wellesley, Sherborn, Carlisle, and Concord all bought the greatest number of racks per resident, while Newton bought the third most racks of any municipality, behind Boston and Cambridge (left). Next
Wellesley was named the first Green Power Community in Massachusetts this year.
State and town officials at the Green Power Community ceremony honoring Wellesley. Next
And we can’t forget Needham (left), which in 2008 boasted the state’s second highest residential recycling rate, at 67 percent, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Back to the beginning
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