State of the Cities 1999 - HUD REPORT fwd

Tom Boland (
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 20:56:17 -0700 (PDT)

FWD       Mon, 14 Jun 1999 11:46:07 -0400


President Clinton has issued the third annual State of the Cities report,
which finds that most American cities are prospering with strong economies.
However, the report says too many cities have been left behind and face
major challenges.

"The State of the Cities 1999"--prepared by the Department of Housing and
Urban Development--also finds that some older suburbs are experiencing
problems once associated with cities. In addition, the report says a new
survey indicates that most urban and suburban officials agree they must
develop regional solutions to the common problems facing their communities,
and cites the historic opportunity for more cooperation between cities and

The State of the Cities report contains these major findings:

Finding #1:  Thanks to a booming national economy, most cities are
experiencing a strong fiscal and economic recovery. However, too many
central cities are still left behind and continue to face the challenges of
population decline, loss of middle-class families, slow job growth, income
inequality, and poverty.

Finding #2:  Some older suburbs are experiencing problems once associated
with urban areas -- job loss, population decline, crime, and disinvestment.
Simultaneously, many suburbs are straining under sprawling growth that
creates traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, loss of open spaces, and
other sprawl-related problems, and a lack of affordable housing.

Finding #3:  There is a strong consensus on the need for joint city/suburb
strategies to address sprawl and the structural decline of cities and older
suburbs. We now have an historic opportunity for cooperation between cities
and counties, urban as well as suburban, to address the challenges facing
our metropolitan areas.

"I believe we ought not to leave anybody behind when we go into the 21st
Century," President Clinton said. "I want people to believe it can be done
in their neighborhoods, in their communities, rural or urban."

The State of the Cities concludes that the Clinton Administration's 21st
Century Agenda for Cities and Suburbs would help communities left behind
become participants instead of spectators in the Nation's booming economy.
The Agenda is a broad range of initiatives in the President's proposed
Fiscal Year 2000 budget designed to promote economic growth, job creation,
expanded homeownership, and affordable housing opportunities.

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