10-Minute Walk: Close to Home Parks Create Long-term Value

Written by Rachel Banner, Senior Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) As we all know, parks are essential to a vibrant community and research shows that when people have a park within a 10-minute walk...
October 17, 2018

How a REALTOR® is Helping to Change a Neighborhood in Indianapolis

Written by Zachary Churney, Economic and Community Development Liaison, MIBOR REALTOR® Association The fundamental idea behind placemaking is that we build communities in which people want to live, work and thrive. These spaces become places where we make memories,...
September 26, 2018

Engaging in Lansing One Park at a Time

Written by Courtney Rudat, Community Outreach Coordinator, Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) REALTORS® don’t just sell homes, they help build communities. And Greater Lansing agents are proving this right one park at a time. The Greater Lansing Association of...
August 29, 2018

Livability Index: A Way to Create Great Neighborhoods for All Ages

You may have heard of Walk Score, not to mention Transit Score, Bike Score and Park Score.  But what about the Livability Index?  The Livability Index is a project of AARP’s Public Policy Institute. The goal is to help...

REALTORS® Build Momentum in Neighborhood Food Desert

Written by: Ida Seitter, Director of Development, Columbus REALTORS® It is easy to overlook the Milo-Grogan (MG) neighborhood in downtown Columbus (OH). With its seemingly deserted post-industrial landscape and aging homes, it stands in stark contrast to the unprecedented...

Get Ready for Park(ing) Day

Although PARK(ing) Day isn’t until September, specifically the third Friday in September, now is the perfect time to start planning.    So first, what is PARK(ing) Day? PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide one-day event where citizens convert metered parking...

Finding a Site to Transform

If you are thinking about a creating a placemaking project in your community but are not sure of where to find a space to transform, here are some ideas. You probably should not tackle this by yourself.  Find other...

The Before & After, Part 8

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 Grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local Placemaking projects. ...

Transforming Dead Spaces Under Freeways to Vibrant Destinations

Take them or leave them, elevated freeways are a mainstay of cities all over the world.  The spaces beneath those overpasses are often underutilized – or utilized in ways illegal or undesirable.  However, many cities are now realizing the...

Urban Design Qualities to Encourage Walkability

Placemaking involves creating welcoming gathering spaces and destinations in a community to make it a more desirable place to live.  But, even if there are places to visit within a short walk of your home, you may be unlikely...
April 24, 2018