Theatre in the Garden

We get many Placemaking Micro-grant applications for community gardens.   We do consider community gardens to be a placemaking project assuming that they will be multi-functional gardens so that the whole community can have a place to gather and enjoy...

Green Placemaking

We all know Placemaking is a great way to create vibrant public places for the community to gather but did you know it can also help to manage Federal, state and local environmental requirements. Paved, vacant lots in urban...

Vacation Break: Placemaking Sightseeing

Spaces to Places is on hiatus this week as I hit the trails – literally  –  in Montana where there is plenty of placemaking happening including a variety of recreational trails and natural playgrounds.    From Mother Nature’s awe inspiring...

“El Spaces” into Public Spaces

Placemaking projects can be big or small but no matter what their size the ones that I think make the biggest difference to the community is how they transform an unused, unsafe, unwelcoming space into a vibrant, fun, safe...

Walking on Water

I am a member of IEDC (International Economic Development Council).   IEDC has started to recognize placemaking as a way to help revitalize communities and to advance the economic development of an area. In a recent issue of ED |...

Every Day a Picnic: Pop-up Parks

I am a member of IEDC (International Economic Development Council).   IEDC has started to recognize placemaking as a way to help revitalize communities and to advance the economic development of an area. In a recent issue of ED |...

The Before and After – Part 2

The National Association REALTORS® encourages our state and local REALTOR® Associations to partner with others to make their communities better places to live and work.   Our Placemaking Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local placemaking...

July 4 is Placemaking

As you get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, take a look around in your community to see what is happening – and where.  More than likely you are seeing Placemaking in action. From parades, picnics and...

An Action Plan in Action

Idaho Smart Growth partnered with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Ada County Association of Realtors® (ACAR) on Placemaking in Downtown in an effort to create a game plan around shared vision for what downtown Meridian could...

Get Ready for PARK(ing) Day

Although PARK(ing) Day isn’t until September, specifically the third Friday in September, I think now is  the perfect time to start the planning for your project.    So first, what is PARK(ing) Day? PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event...