What Makes a Great Public Space?

Placemaking is defined in many ways. For the National Association of Realtors, we look at placemaking as a way to transform an unused or underutilized public space into a vibrant gathering place for the community. I just read a...

Add a Touch of Art

Public art, especially work created by local artists, is a creative amenity to add to public spaces to enliven them and reflect the community’s culture. “Art can bring beauty and hope into public spaces and transform people’s perception.  Moving...

Action for Streets

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) Repost. Note that several of the projects below can be funded with either NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant or Smart Growth grant. Every community has assets and talent that can be showcased on its streets, whether...

Innovation Funding Available for your Placemaking Project

The National Association of REALTORS® is not the only source of funding for your placemaking project.  There is a broad range of philanthropic interests who are continuing to integrate placemaking efforts with innovative grant making programs. Below is a...
March 23, 2016

In Our Backyards: Good placemaking makes good neighbors—and good neighborhoods!

Written by David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director, ioby.org This post is a collaboration between ioby and the National Association of Realtors: two different organizations with a shared interest in the value of neighborhood placemaking. What do ioby and the...

Let’s Play in the Streets

In many urban areas, especially in lower-income neighborhoods, there are no places for kids to play.  One in five children do not have access to a nearby playground or park. And, forget about walking to a park or open...

Young Professionals Engage in Placemaking

Written by Erin Corry, Government Affairs Coordinator, West Volusia Association of REALTORS Every year, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) gives back to their community by supporting local organizations through volunteering. This year, YPN decided...
February 9, 2016

Can You Walk to a Park?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to walk to park in your neighborhood? Not only are parks great places to visit but surveys have shown that people desire them, as well as open spaces, and want them to...
January 27, 2016

Please Don’t Sit Here

Well, I guess it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room that sometimes comes up in the planning of a placemaking project. Yes, if you build it they may come, but will everyone who comes be welcomed?...
January 13, 2016

2015: The Year in Placemaking

As we begin a new year, I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on placemaking in 2015.    But why reinvent the wheel.    So I am re-posting a blog post by Ethan Kent,Senior Vice President at Project for...