City Practices

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.

Featured City Practices

Browse By City Practice Topic

Civic Engagement

Includes advisory boards, civic tech, open data, participatory budgeting, transparency, youth councils

Community Development

Includes aging in place, blight, housing, mixed-use, neighborhoods, open space, place making, zoning

Economic Growth

Includes clusters, CDBG, job training, food trucks, trade, one-stop-shops, sharing economy, small business


Includes alternative schools, afterschool, career readiness, pre-school, STEM, summer learning, truancy

Health and Wellness

Includes biking, child nutrition, clinics, health care, mental health, obesity, playspaces


Includes airports, bus rapid transit, broadband, congestion, light rail, preservation, sidewalks, utilities

Public Safety

Includes alert systems, assault rifles, biohazards, emergency response, firefighters, juvenile justice


Includes alternative energy, compost, droughts, food deserts, green roofs, porous pavers, tree canopy, wetlands

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  • wind and solar

    Green Jobs

    Cleveland's Eco Community Partnerships

  • Homeless veteran


    Programs to support homeless veterans

  • Bus

    Bus Rapid Transit

    Three examples of city programs advancing new bus systems