September 2, 1998


In the future, livable communities will be the basis for our competitiveness and economic strength.

Vice President Al Gore
September 2, 1998

Today, in a major policy address at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Vice President Al Gore highlighted successful efforts around the country to achieve smart, sustainable growth in cities, suburbs and rural areas, and announced new federal initiative to encourage similar efforts nationwide. In his travels around the country the Vice President will continue to draw attention to the issue of smarter growth in America, and along with members of the Cabinet, will hold a series of "listening sessions" this fall to hear how localities are grappling with sprawl and how the federal government can help.

Local Strategies For Livable Communities. As our nation has grown and our cities have expanded into suburbs, the problems of sprawl have intensified. Cities that were once civic gathering areas have emptied out as development has expanded. Many communities are now employing "smart growth" or "sustainability" strategies that return communities into places where people work, learn, and worship together and families can walk, bike, and play together. These strategies are moving people closer to their jobs so they can get home and spend time with their children, restoring historic neighborhoods so they are revitalized and enjoyed by future generations, and preserving our natural resources.

Giving Communities The Tools They Need To Succeed. As communities continue to transform themselves and adopt policies which offer more livable conditions, the Clinton Administration will continue to assist in these efforts. Today, the Vice President announced three new initiatives to help communities as we enter the 21st Century:

Building On A Record Of Success. Today's announcements build on the many other successful initiatives of the Clinton/Gore Administration, including:

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