City Solutions Database

Welcome to NLC's City Practices Database. Here, you will find examples of initiatives and projects on a variety of topics being implemented now in cities of all sizes across the country.

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May 08
  • Public Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Violence
What are the goals of the program?

In December 2013, realizing that the issue of firearm violence rates in the City of Wilmington, especially among youth, was becoming a crisis situation, the city leaders requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assist in an investigation of gun violence and provide recommendations for preventive action. Specifically, the CDC was…

Apr 17
Healthy housing
Healthy housing
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community & Housing
What was the goal of the initiative?

The Arroyo Vista public housing development, the city’s only such venue, was falling into disrepair. The costs to improve or rebuild the 150-unit development could not be borne by the city alone. Toward the goal of transforming this low-density deteriorating property into a mixed-use and mixed-income complex offering several housing types in a…

Mar 08
  • Resilience
  • Climate
  • Leadership & Management
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Zoning

Communities across the country are integrating smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development approaches to design and build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighborhoods.  These diverse communities and many others are finding that environmental justice, smart growth, and equitable development can be an effective combination for promoting a clean and safe environment, a…

Mar 08
  • Food
  • Community & Housing
  • Health
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
Urban Agriculture Policies: City of Cleveland, Ohio

The City of Cleveland is committed to increasing community health, sustainability and supporting local economies.

 

Urban Agriculture: Best Practices & Possibilities

This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a…

Mar 07
  • Food
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Health
  • Community & Housing
  • Land Use
  • Zoning

Local governments can use urban agriculture as a tool to address many financial, health, and environmental issues.  For example, agriculture in and close to major cities can help the environment by, among other things, reducing the distances food travels.  Community gardens can keep people active while providing them with natural, locally grown food.  Municipal policies can help community…

Mar 07
  • Water & Green Infrastructure
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Water Quality
  • Placemaking
  • Community & Housing
  • Open Space
  • Health

Given the water challenges facing many parts of the country, capturing, storing, and using rainwater and stormwater runoff is often an effective way of decreasing stresses on municipal water sources.  "The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting" prepared for the Texas Water Development Board is a good resource for Sustainability Officers interested in learning about small-scale commercial and…

Mar 07
  • Land Use
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community
  • Zoning
  • Neighborhoods

Many cities in the United States are reassessing their use-based zoning codes in light of the increasing health, environmental, and economic costs of sprawl. To counter the car-centric system of development codified in use-based zoning codes, some pioneering cities have adopted form-based codes that seek to structure cities into compact and walkable neighborhoods.

This template…

Mar 07
  • Land Use
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community
  • Economic Development
  • Zoning
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhoods

This ordinance is a suitable model for small governments looking to replace their sprawl based ordinance with a relatively simple Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. Simple staff review will suffice.

By creating a stand-alone TND zoning district, this ordinance allows for integration of TND principles into almost any zoning ordinance. While omitting the design…

Mar 07
  • Land Use
  • Community & Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhoods
  • Zoning
  • Community

A Traditional Neighborhood Development, or TND, also known as a village-style development, includes a variety of housing types, a mixture of land uses, an active center, a walkable design and often a transit option within a compact neighborhood scale area. TNDs can be developed either as infill in an existing developed area or as a new large scale project.

To qualify as a TND, a…

Mar 07
  • Community
  • Transportation
  • Public Transit
  • Zoning
  • Bicycle
  • Bus
  • Land Use

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor. Typically, it is characterized by:

A mix of uses Moderate to high density Pedestrian orientation/connectivity Transportation choices Reduced parking High quality design

The rule of thumb is that TOD occurs within one-quarter mile, or a…