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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Feb 26
  • Transportation
What are the target goals?

As with many transit projects, three primary goals include reducing congestion, promoting economic development along the corridor, and improving mobility options for the Grand Rapids metropolitan region.

Who are the partners?

The Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid)-in addition to the City of Grand Rapids, the system also serves the cities of East…

Feb 26
  • Economic Development
What are the target goals?

The Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD), which is located in Cleveland's Westside neighborhood, sponsors a variety of projects and programs that continually work to expand the idea that art is a catalyst for area wide economic development. In other words, the GSAD's projects aim to practice "The Art of Economic Development."
The GSAD has four major goals: to…

Feb 18
  • Veterans Homelessness

In 2006, the town's Marine Corps League building burned down. As the town manager and council held discussions about what to do with the property, there was consensus that the property should continue to be used to serve veterans. After hearing about the work of Purple Heart Homes, the Glastonbury Town Manager got in touch with the organization to discuss a potential partnership. The mission…

Feb 14
  • Veterans Homelessness

The City of Port Angeles is the largest community in the large and predominantly rural Clallum County, located in the northwest corner of Washington State. The veteran community of Port Angeles accounts for 14% of the county's population, compared with the state average of 9%, and it is expected to grow due to its proximity to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).

To assist homeless…

Feb 10
  • Community
Background

In 2007, the need to coordinate City of Houston services to better assist returning veterans because a cause for concern to area leaders. To begin a conversation about what could be done, leaders from the military, faith-based community, non-profits, educational institutions, service organizations, and all levels of government convened to hear directly from returning soldiers, as…

Feb 03
  • Transportation
What are the target goals?

Due to the increasing costs of maintaining and supporting the city's coin operated parking meters throughout Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) made the decision to do away with traditional meters in favor of a new model, Pay-by-Plate. The goals of this transition were to increase revenue, capitalize on new technologies, and improve the PPA's…

Feb 02
  • Community & Housing
What are the target goals?

Los Angeles has set a goal to construct 100,000 new residences within the city by 2021. Challenges to achieving this goal include a decreasing amount of available land, an increasing population, and an increasing demand for moderately priced housing. To help overcome these complexities, the Advisory Agency (a part of the city's Division of Land, Department of City…

Feb 02
  • Community & Housing
What are the Program Goals?

The City of Milwaukee, as part of a broad coalition of partners, works to address the problem of home mortgage foreclosures, home ownership and housing rehabilitation in ways that offer a comprehensive approach to matters of residential living. The main areas for focus include:

Prevention efforts - to expand outreach and increase education for homeowners…

Feb 02
  • Education
  • Community

With former Mayor Ron Loveridge as the convener and champion of postsecondary completion, Riverside is seeing enormous gains through its Completion Counts program. When the city found that only 17.5% of cohorts in the Alvord and Riverside Unified School District's Class of 2002 completed a postsecondary degree, city leaders knew actions had to be taken. With the support of a $3 million grant…

Jan 05
  • Economic Development

The fiscal systems of cities are defined by the states in which they are located. These systems can create an environment that either allows municipalities to fund their share of resident needs and to thrive economically or constrains the ability of cities to balance budgets and deliver basic services.

Cities and State Fiscal Structures examines how the key components of these systems…