Neighborhoods are the fabric of any city, and where city policy becomes reality for citizens. This section contains information on education, youth, community development, immigrant integration, citizen participation in government, and poverty reduction.


Immigrant-friendly cities

Our cities have long been a destination for immigrants, who bring economic, social and cultural benefits to our communities. There are numerous policies and programs cities can adopt to better welcome and integrate immigrants.

Parks and Public Spaces

Public spaces—including plazas, streets, sidewalks, parks, and more—are vital to cities and contribute to the health and welfare of their citizens, businesses, and economies.


Strong public education is the lynchpin of high-road cities. Excellent schools attract young families, build the skills of future workers, and reduce costs of social services and criminal-justice systems. At best, public schools help counteract our nation’s ruinous inequalities. At worst, they exacerbate the social problems they inherit. The quality of local schools and the vibrancy of cities are linked. Throughout the nation, partnerships and innovation are bringing new models and success.