Topics related to:
Economic Issues (gentrification, private/public partnerships, etc.)
Environmental Issues (water quality, climate change, air emissions, etc.)
International Topics (cities around the world, global issues)
Social Issues (poverty, education, citizen participation, etc.)
Transportation Issues (automobile, rail, bicycle, roadways, etc.)
Urban Issues (housing, public policy, role of city government, etc.)
These multi-disciplinary databases may also be useful to search. Don't try just one source -- try a few databases!
For other cities, search online for the city government site. Often cities will post reports and minutes from city meetings.
Think of all the groups and people who have an interest in your issue. Find their voices in journal and newspaper articles, blogs, websites, city planning department documents, etc. In the boxes below you'll find resources to search specific subject areas. Use the databases to find articles about your specific topic. Those articles will help you identify those with an interest in the topic. Try a few different databases to get a broad perspective on your topic. As an example, if you're looking for information on housing for the elderly in Hong Kong, you might try searching PAIS, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Scopus. You might also search the web to find the Hong Kong Housing Authority for information about how the city addresses senior citizen housing needs.
For books on Detroit, try these subject searches in Mirlyn:
City Planning -- Michigan -- Detroit.
Detroit (Mich.) -- buildings, structures, etc.
Detroit (Mich.) -- history.
Detroit (Mich.) -- economic conditions.
Detroit (Mich.) -- social conditions.
Detroit (Mich.) -- race relations.
These databases may be useful as you begin research on Detroit. You may also want to consult the list of databases at the Cities tab of the Urban & Regional Planning Research Guide.