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

Have a Seat and Stay Awhile

“This might not strike you as an intellectual bombshell but people like to sit where there are places for them to sit.”  William H. Whyte. Whyte applied this concept to public spaces.  He found that while people don’t care...

Neighborhood Eyesore to Gathering Place for Pooches and People

Written by Lara Schultz, Realty Executives, SELA, Metairie LA It started with a kiss – a big slobbery one from the cutest little basset hound. He was out for his twice daily walk along with another 20 or so...

Finding the Right Spot for a Community Garden

Written by Evan McMillan, Community Affairs Director, Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® The Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) is partnering with the Wilmington Housing Authority, Wilmington Green, a local non-profit, and the Interfaith Refugee Ministry to launch a...
February 24, 2015

Timing is Every Thing

Written by Eliezer Rodriguez, Esq. Association Executive Officer, Bronx Manhattan North Association of REALTORS® (BMNAR) NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant could not have come at a better time.  Last September, Kathy Zamechansky was sworn in as the 57th President to lead...
February 18, 2015