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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Nov 06
Park Forest
Park Forest
  • Equity
  • City Government
  • Social Justice
Building on a Unique History as an Integrated Village

The Village of Park Forest was established in 1948 to house military veterans as the nation’s first planned community after World War II. Park Forest was initially designed as one of the few communities without restrictive covenants by religion. Building on that ten-year tradition, Park Forest was racially desegregated in 1959 when the…

Nov 06
San Antonio
San Antonio
  • Equity
  • City Government
  • Social Justice
Developing an Office of Equity

In 2017, San Antonio, Texas was ranked one of the most unequal cities in the country by the Economic Innovation Group. Recognizing the ranking and the history of segregationist policies that led to it, San Antonio’s leaders are making an effort to reconcile their past with an equitable future for their residents through the San Antonio Office of Equity.

Jun 29
  • Climate
  • Communications
  • Environment & Sustainability

Despite lingering disagreement about the causes of climate change, its impacts have reached cities and towns across America. That is why thousands of local leaders have already started working to cut energy use, use more renewables, improve transportation systems, reduce waste, and prepare their communities. Through local climate and sustainability action, cities and towns are creating jobs,…

May 11
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community & Housing
What was the goal of the initiative?

The UnitedHealthcare and Chicanos Por La Causa Partnership for Quality Affordable Housing and Supportive Health and Wellness Services was developed to acquire, develop, and operate, multi-family housing units for low-income…

Mar 09
Takoma Park
Takoma Park
  • Equity

Takoma Park, Maryland, a Washington, DC suburb of 17,600 people, recognizes that racial inequities have become institutionalized in the policy and practices of many agencies. To ensure their city works for all its residents, Mayor Kate Stewart and the city council committed to address racial equity proactively and deliberately as part of its decision-making process. This city is working toward…

Mar 09
New Orleans
New Orleans
  • Equity

When New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu set out to remove a series of confederate monuments lining the city spaces, it sparked national conversation--and action.

But while the story captured the nation's attention, the Mayor and the city's efforts to address racial inequities and begin a process of racial reconciliation in New Orleans were both broader and more comprehensive than…

Mar 09
Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
  • Equity

The City of Austin was named the U.S. News and World Report's Best Place to Live award and Forbes' Next Biggest Boom Town in the U.S.

But despite national accolades and the city's immense growth, Austin must face the historically overlooked truth of racial inequity. The Martin Prosperity Institute ranked Austin as the most…

Jan 29
Emerald Alliance Building Cleveland
Emerald Alliance Building Cleveland
  • Community & Housing
  • Housing

What is the goal of the initiative?

The Housing First initiative in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio formed in 2002 in response to all-time-high levels of long-term (chronic) homelessness in the city and county. The initiative’s goal is to build sufficient units of permanent supportive housing to end chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County.

More than 40 partners came together to…

Oct 30
Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
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For the City of Tacoma, the push toward racial equity demonstrates the power that lies in the hands of concerned residents. Over a year before the city government took public action, local leaders were urged by community members to analyze the racial disparities in Tacoma’s hiring practices. After examining the lack of adequate representation in both race and gender among city government…

Oct 30
SLP
SLP
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
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Looking at the root causes of racial injustice can be a daunting process for a city, but it can be less intimidating with a partner. St Louis Park, Minnesota, has found a collaboration through the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) and the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE) as part of their participation in a Minnesota State cohort. This suburb of Minneapolis and its mayor, Jake…