1. Northampton earns top rated for sustainability

    Northampton earns top rated for sustainability

    Northampton was recently named top in the nation in sustainability by 5-STAR Communities, a national organization that looks at a broad spectrum of quality-of-life factors in making its assessments. For those who have a hard time wrapping their hands around the concept of sustainability, the city scored well because, among other factors, 40 percent of its adult residents attending a live art performance last year, all its farmers markets accept food stamps, it has a hospital like Cooley Dickinson that sponsors events like "Living Well With Congestive Heart Failure" and it boasts no fewer than 820 community garden plots.

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