The Sociable Cities (or Garden Cities) movement began in 1899. This was in response to concerns about slum housing in cities, the growing under-class without housing, urban and rural poverty and the need for a better quality of life for all, not just a privileged few. This is not one project but many (large and small) around the world. As a result millions of people are living in decent homes in towns and cities. The principles established by these new towns are as applicable today as a hundred years ago and are the same as those behind sustainable urban development: prevalence of public transportation, social and economic mix of people within local communities, provision of housing and employment close to each other, partnership of the public and private sector in financing and land provision, involvement of the local communities in the development and management of their settlement and care for the environment.