Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Start with the Petunias

After almost a dozen posts, you should now be familiar with placemaking and where to target your placemaking efforts.    The next thing to decide is what you want your space to become.   What would make the best type of...
September 18, 2014

5 Examples of Placemaking To Inspire You

What’s placemaking, again? According to the Project for Public Spaces, it’s “a transformative approach that inspires people to create and improve their public places.” Take a look at these five amazing examples of how communities—and REALTORS®—around the world are...
September 10, 2014

Streets as Places

“The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center.”   William H. Whyte Are you are still scratching your head as to where to do a Placemaking activity...
September 3, 2014

What Makes a Place Great?

Let’s continue to look at what you can do, or perhaps should do, with a space you identified for a “do-over”.  If you haven’t already, you may want to take a look at I Found a Space. Now What?...
August 18, 2014

I Found a Space. Now What?

Congratulations.  You have identified a space to turn around, and are eager to get started, but aren’t really sure what should be done with the space. As you begin your project, consider starting with petunias!  Short-term actions, like planting...
August 13, 2014

Get Rid of that Eyesore

As you learn more and more about what Placemaking is and how it can enliven your community, you may be eager to start a project, but are still not sure where–or how–to find or select a space to transform....
August 5, 2014

NAR’s Placemaking Initiative to the Rescue

The first several posts introduced you to this thing called Placemaking which hopefully piqued your interest.   You may have looked around your neighborhood and thought about a space or two that would be an ideal spot to convert back...
July 30, 2014

Why Should REALTORS® Care About Placemaking?

Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community, but it may be a matter of getting someone like a REALTOR® Association, or an eager REALTOR® member, to take the lead or initiative,  get the idea in motion, make...

Discovering Placemaking: Washington, D.C.

I’m not a REALTOR®. Two months ago, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about “placemaking,” or what it is. But picture this: I’m sitting in the shade of Dupont Circle’s outer ring of benches. To my left,...

So What Exactly is Placemaking?

Have you ever been in a great public space where it just felt good to be there and where you would go back again and again?  This is Placemaking! Planners, citizens, public officials, organizations and “placemakers” define Placemaking in...