Safe Routes to School

Many of us remember a time when walking, and bicycling, to school was a part of everyday life.  But times have changed.  Walking and biking to school is not like it used to be in the good old days....

Great Scores Make Great Cities

Walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, housing, amenities and parks and open spaces are the key to a happier and healthier lifestyle and make great places to live.  How does your neighborhood measure up?  Maybe it’s time to...
August 30, 2017

Game-Changing Rails to Trails

An earlier post, Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail, detailed how many towns have  railroad corridors that have been abandoned and now have become unused, unsafe, and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These former...
August 16, 2017

Connecting a Community with Walkability

Written by Marissa Skuza, Government Affairs Coordinator, Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® Crosslake, Minnesota is located in north central Minnesota and is the only city located on the Whitefish Chain, the ninth largest body of water in the stat....
August 2, 2017

REALTORS® Bring an Island its First Park

Written by Sarah Rayne, Government and Public Affairs Director, Coastal Association of REALTORS® Pocket Park on Smith Island The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is a big fan of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and has received funding for two community...

Get Ready for Park(ing) Day

Although PARK(ing) Day isn’t until September, specifically the third Friday in September, I think now is  the perfect time to start the planning for your project.    So first, what is PARK(ing) Day? PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event...

The Fourth of July is Community Placemaking

As you get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, take a look around in your community to see what is happening – and where. More than likely you are seeing Placemaking in action. From parades, picnics and...

Central Indiana Community Walks the Talk on Walkability

Written by Lacey Everett, Government and Community Relations Strategist,MIBOR REALTOR® Association Over the past several years, a significant challenge for local communities has come to the surface – walkability. It’s not a buzz word any longer, but even still,...

The Before & After, Part 6

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. ...

Smarten up your Placemaking Project

Many communities encourage people to visit their downtown and other areas by offering them free public Wi-Fi hotspots.  And now, some places are taking that a step further by deploying Wi-Fi and charging stations through furniture and fixtures –...