How to Create a Parklet

Many REALTOR® Associations are looking for placemaking projects to do in their community but are at a loss for what to do.   For them, I recommend a parklet because every community has a parking spot or two which could...
April 26, 2017

REALTOR® Party Placemaking Success Stories

As NAR’s Placemaking Grant is now in its fourth year, it might be a good time to reflect back and see how some REALTOR® Associations used the  grant to fund placemaking projects in their community. Maybe your association will...
April 12, 2017

Vote for a Park

Parks are a valued amenity in communities and residents across the country are demonstrating their support for development of parks in their neighborhoods. One of the most reliable indicators of public support for parks is measured by how residents...
March 29, 2017

Pioneer Valley REALTORS® Engage in their Communities

Written by Ruby Pontbriand, Marketing and Communications Director, REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley has taken advantage of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and in the past two years was involved in 4 placemaking projects to...
March 15, 2017

Turning a Dull Park Into a Place People Actually Enjoy

This is a re-post from City Lab.  I particular like it because it is the type of project, Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, that can be funded with our Placemaking Grant. By adding some color and nature to a concrete plaza,...

#LoveThatLot: Show your love for revitalization projects!

Bonus Valentine’s  Day Posting.   Also see “Love Notes” for your City.  It’s really time to spread some love across your city. In addition to the “love notes” for your city post I wrote, I also just came across this...
February 14, 2017

“Love Notes” for your City

As Valentine’s Day approaches, maybe it’s time to send your city a love note. Love notes are something Peter Kageyama, an urban strategist and author of For the Love of Cities, refers to as gestures between cities and its...
February 8, 2017

Actions for Streets as Places: How One Makes it Happen

This is a re-post from the Project for Public Spaces (PPS).   It gives you, as an individual and part of a community, some great ideas to create placemaking opportunities in your communities and to make your community more walkable.  ...

Bike Lanes: Build them and They will Come

NAR has initiated an effort to encourage the planning and development of more walkable communities where residents can walk, bike and take public transit to destinations.   Walkable communities reflect the theory of Placemaking in that they create places where...
January 11, 2017

Try Out Placemaking with a Tactical Urbanism Project

Pedestrian Plazas on the Fly.   Temporary Parklets.  Complete Streets Pilots.  Pop-up Bike Lanes.    Guerrilla Gardening.  Pavement-to-Parks.  Open Streets. These are all a type of intervention called Tactical Urbanism – quick, often temporary, cheap projects that aim to make a...
December 28, 2016