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...

Empty Lot to a Place to Gather

By Belinda Krause, Executive Director, Realtors® Commercial Alliance of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast In the last couple of years, the Realtors® Commercial Alliance of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast (RCA), which is the commercial division of...

Listen and Learn

As NAR’s Placemaking Program continues to gain momentum, there are still many REALTOR® Associations that have yet to engage in a Placemaking activity in their community.    One of the biggest challenges facing Associations may be figuring out what to...

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...