Al Gore has worked to promote more livable communities across America --
places with good schools, safe streets, and healthy environments. Places where
we not only protect historic old neighborhoods, but where farms, green spaces,
and forests can add life and beauty to the newest of suburbs. Places where we
can work competitively, and still spend less time in traffic and more time with
our children, spouses, and neighbors.
To help communities build and grow according to their own best values,
Al Gore has led the administration's Livable Communities Initiative.
This initiative is based on one fundamental principal - communities know
best. Every community is different, and decisions about how they grow are best
made by the communities themselves. The initiative is about enhancing the
quality of our lives, keeping our prosperity, and building a stronger sense of
community - and doing so in ways that respect local preferences and personal
freedoms. It aims to help communities:
Preserve green spaces that promote clean air and clean water,
sustain wildlife, and provide families with places to walk, play, and relax.
Ease traffic congestion by improving road planning,
strengthening existing transportation systems, and expanding choices for
alternative transportation. Restore a sense of community by fostering citizen
and private sector involvement in local planning, including the placement of
schools and other public facilities.
Promote collaboration among neighboring communities - cities,
suburbs, or rural areas - to develop regional growth strategies and address
common issues like crime.
Enhance economic competitiveness by nurturing a high quality of
life that attracts well-trained workers and cutting edge industries.
The full Livable Communities Initiative is available at