Parklets: Spots for People, not Cars

I’ve been seeing a lot of folks get excited about Placemaking but then not a lot of follow up.   This is due, in part, of not really knowing what to do. I have a suggestion that can be undertaken...

South Orange Village Center – Commitment to Vision Pays Off with a Successful Sense of Place

Written by By Jef Buehler, State Coordinator, Main Street NJ & Improvement District Programs While being what today would be considered a quintessential ‘traditional’ community, anchored in access to train transit, historic architecture of the built environment, a diverse...
December 10, 2014

Bring a Sense of Place Back to our Main Streets

Across the nation, traditional Main Streets represented one of the most iconic images of America.  There you would find a mix of housing, retail and civic uses.  The Main Street served as the social and commercial hub of communities.  But suburban development,...

Happy Thanksgiving

We’d typically be publishing today but instead, like you, we’re giving thanks, with friends and family, for all that we have and are grateful for. This may also be time to reflect upon our communities, especially those places where...
November 26, 2014

REALTORS® as Creative Placemakers

Written by Suzanne Ishee, REALTOR®, Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct, Maplewood, NJ President, Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College, NJ “Creative Placemaking?  What in the world does that have to do with me?  My field is real estate, not...
November 19, 2014

The Power of the Arts to Transform

Written by Vanessa Silberman, Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Levitt Pavilions, based in Los Angeles. Neglected, crime-infested parks. A dormant downtown. The nation’s largest brownfield. A problematic landfill. What do all of these have in common? They...
November 13, 2014

Using Art to Create a Sense of Place

Can art create a more livable place and enhance a community’s quality of life? The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among others, believes so.   NEA believes that art is an essential part of building a strong community, and...

Better Block Creates the “The Soul of Norfolk” 

Andrew M. Sinclair, Director, Government Affairs Virginia Port Authority (Past Government Affairs Director, Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association) The City of Norfolk has become very proactive and innovative in its approach to planning and redevelopment.  Among the approaches it has...
October 23, 2014

Rebuilding New Orleans Block by Block: Lasalle Street Better Block

By Kelli A. Walker Sr. Director of Governmental Affairs New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® When our association was approached about working on a Better Block project for the NAR Annual Conference here in New Orleans, I immediately knew...
October 16, 2014

One Block at a Time

Do you know of a neighborhood in your community that has seen better days and is now a place with vacant storefronts, empty buildings and without much life? If so, you may want to consider “Better Block.” Better Block...