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East Bay: Green Silicon Valley?

Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, and Richmond have joined forces to draw up plans for a "green corridor" that they hope will increase revenue in the are while reversing poverty in the East Bay. "What we're doing is putting down our cities' chauvinism and saying, 'Lookit, we're all part of the area and need to work together,'" Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said. "We're going to catch the green wave, and everyone's going to be on the same boat." Berkeley, Oakland— six in one hand, half dozen in the other, right? Current project developments include the requisite installation of solar panels on any and every static architectural surface, along with the banning of polystyrene foam and traditional plastic bags— not to mention the courting of greenwashed companies. Emeryville Mayor Nora Davis hopes that the nascent Big Four will become "the nucleus of a [national] revolution" for green thinking. Goooooo East Bay!
· East Bay cities unite with 'green corridor' promise [Oakland Tribune]