Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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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…

  • Center for City Solutions
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…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
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…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Mar 09
Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY
  • Equity

Strong mayoral leadership and a robust foundation of data helped Louisville Metro, the metropolitan government for the combined Louisville/Jefferson county area, begin a process to address the modern impact of segregation policies.

To do this, the city acknowledged past mistakes and facilitated community dialogue to build a vision of a more equitable Louisville. 

This city…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
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…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
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…

  • Center for City Solutions
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…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
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…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Oct 30
Madison State Capitol
Madison State Capitol
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
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Although the City of Madison, Wisconsin created an Office of Civil Rights and prioritized equity work in its public health department prior to 2013, a confluence of factors led the city to establish a formal Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI) that year with the mission of addressing racism within the City’s institutional structure. Learn how Wisconsin's capital is working…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Oct 29
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
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Early efforts to integrate financial capability strategies into youth employment programs have demonstrated some promising approaches for city leaders and practitioners to consider when designing or expanding programs. Learn how one of America's most historical cities has worked to promote racial equity and enhance outcomes for all of its residents.

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  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)