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PRESIDENT CLINTON ISSUES 1999 HUD STATE OF THE CITIES REPORT
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President Clinton today 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 of population decline, loss of middle-class families, slow job growth, income inequality, and poverty.
The report - 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 shows 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 suburbs.
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.
Speaking via a videotaped message to the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in New Orleans, the President said: "Now, on the edge of a new century, our cities are strong - and growing stronger. This strength is made plain in our third State of the Cities report."
"But we can't grow complacent," the President added. "As all of you know, some of our hardest-pressed neighborhoods and smaller-size cities do not share in our prosperity yet. We have to keep working together - those of us in Washington, those of you in City Hall, men and women in every civic institution, to bring all Americans into the economic mainstream."
HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who will address the Conference of Mayors meeting Saturday, said the State of the Cities documents the need for the 21st Century Agenda for Cities and Suburbs.
"A renewed prosperity has touched many places as a result of the Clinton-Gore Administration's economic policies," Cuomo said. "But a prosperity gap still divides the majority of communities that are doing well from the minority that are struggling. Our challenge now is to invest in building a brighter future for people and places left behind."
Incoming Conference of Mayors President Wellington Webb, who is the Mayor of Denver, welcomed the State of the Cities report, saying: "Now we are calling for a new partnership with the federal government and with the states. This would be a partnership that extends the economic recovery to distressed areas, that invests in working families and that reverses federal and state policies which tilt the playing field against older communities."
DETAILS OF THE STATE OF THE CITIES REPORT
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 - including newer ones - 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.
#1: MOST CITIES ARE DOING WELL, BUT SOME ARE LEFT BEHIND
The State of the Cities contains a wealth of statistics illustrating the magnitude of the urban rebirth since 1993, following decades of decline. These include:
#2: URBAN PROBLEMS ARE COMING TO OLDER SUBURBS
#3: CITY AND SUBURBAN OFFICIALS WANT TO WORK TOGETHER
In May, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties completed a survey of over 200 officials from cities and suburbs nationwide to identify the challenges facing both areas and the prospects for addressing those challenges.
More than 80 percent of the officials surveyed from both suburban and urban communities agreed that all communities in a region benefit when they work together. And 97 percent of officials in both urban and suburban areas agreed that the most important challenges facing their communities are regional challenges, encompassing surrounding communities as well as their own jurisdictions.
THE 21st CENTURY AGENDA FOR CITIES AND SUBURBS
Building on a track record of substantial accomplishment in addressing community needs, President Clinton and Vice President Gore, working with Congress, have proposed a significant agenda to respond to the challenges and opportunities highlighted in the State of the Cities.
The 21st Century Agenda for Cities and Suburbs has four parts:
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