Books Around the Block in St. Paul

“Thank you to the Saint Paul Realtors®, you are spot on in adding this to the neighborhood…it fits right into our neighborhood initiative of doing unusual and interesting things, and is a great way to bring the community together.” ...

Uninviting Space to Welcoming Community Gathering Place

Written by Fran Cormier, Executive Officer, Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® What was once a run-down, uninviting and unused space is now a beautiful, new pocket park in downtown Fairfield (CT).  The park, which is surrounded by a residential...
November 16, 2016

YPN Members Rock the Block in Rockford

Written by Jackie Cozzi, Director of Communication and Professional Development, Rockford Area REALTORS® The Rockford Area REALTORS® Young Professional Network (YPN) has made a commitment for the past two years to take on a community beautification project that would...
November 1, 2016

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

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 basics of Placemaking in that they create places where...

Creative Placemaking in Rural Communities: Putting our Toolkit to Work

Written by Carrie Geraci, Director of Jackson Hole Public Art A string of pristine lakes and a charming downtown should make Seeley Lake (MT) a destination for visitors far and wide. But many people passing through this scenic patch...

The Before and After – Part 4

The National Association of REALTORS® encourages our state and local REALTOR® Associations to partner with others to make their communities better places to live.   Our Placemaking Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local Placemaking projects. ...

Turning an Eyesore into a Welcoming Kid-Friendly Place to Play

Written by Helen Miernicki, REALTOR®, Schuylkill County Board of REALTORS® Lincoln Park is located in the borough of Frackville in Schuylkill County, PA.  It had fallen into a state of disrepair. The fencing was falling apart, wood on the...
September 7, 2016

Trail Towns Grow Communities

In a previous post, I introduced Trail-Oriented Development, an emerging planning tool that has a positive impact on property values of developments around trails.  Next up is an introduction to “Trail Towns” which are towns that have benefited from...
August 24, 2016

Build It Yourself: Let’s Play Community Construction Grants

We get a variety of Placemaking Micro-grant applications from our REALTOR® Associations to build playgrounds in their communities.   Additional funding is usually always needed.    I just came across another grant available from KaBOOM!  to support the creation of playgrounds...

Transit-Oriented Development to Trail-Oriented Development

Now that more and more cities are witnessing the benefits of Transit-Oriented Development, a mixture of housing, office, and retail development integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located close to public transportation, a new trend has emerged: Trail-Oriented Development....