Reactivating Vacant Properties

I know you have them in your community.   They’re the spots where you say I wish they would do something there.  You know, those vacant, overgrown lots that are not only eyesores but serve as places to dispose of...

What Does Placemaking Look Like?

As you may have realized, Placemaking is not an easy term to define.  To make matters worse, there is no standard definition and everyone seems to defines it differently, including us -  the National Association of REALTORS® Community Outreach...

The Before and After

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...

Could Southwest Airlines Help Your Community?

Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program was developed to support and activate public spaces in the heart of cities. Launched in April 2014, the program aims to support Placemaking – a movement that reimagines public spaces as the...

Just Add Water

As you may have read in Focus on the Water, water attracts people.  People love to touch it.  They like to stick their hands, toes and feet in it.   They jump around it.  Or they simply like to watch...

Focus on the Water!

Waterfronts and waterways are one of a community’s greatest assets.  Water draws people in.   Where there is water, there are people.   People gather around water to relax, play and enjoy. Water builds on a community’s authentic historical, cultural and...

Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail

Many towns have abandoned former railroad corridors that now are unused and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These corridors are great opportunities to create a destination and transform that corridor into vibrant public places.  Ideal for many...

Meet Me at The Plaza: New Seats, New Scene at Harvard University

Re-post from Project for Public Spaces Blog on Mar 18, 2015 It all started with the chairs. By simply placing some movable furniture in Harvard Yard in 2009, the University took the first steps in what would eventually become...

Creating a Place within a Place

Sometimes a place exists in a community where it may need some enhancements and improvements to make it more welcoming.    This is a trend I am seeing as I review NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grants applications.   Project requests have included planting...

It’s Your Turn

There are so much wonderful placemaking going on in communities everywhere that I can’t keep up with them.   So, I need your help. If your community is planning or has implemented a placemaking project, let’s hear about it.    You...
March 18, 2015