Articles from history, political science, public policy, and urban studies journals may be helpful. Also newspapers articles can chronicle an issue in your city. See the "Interest or Pressure Groups" box below for links to newspaper databases.
Tip: Combining your city with keywords such as history, culture, or a known event or issue may be helpful as well (e.g. Boston and race relations or New Orleans and Katrina). You may want to search using the phrase "politics and government" to find books related to the historical political environment.
News and newspaper editorials will not only tell you what issues communities care about, but also can help you determine who the interest groups are.