Listen and Learn

As NAR’s Placemaking Program continues to gain momentum, there are still many REALTOR® Associations that have yet to engage in a Placemaking activity in their community.    One of the biggest challenges facing Associations may be figuring out what to do.

NAR provides a variety of resources to help guide our REALTOR® Associations, including this blog.  We also have a Placemaking Guide that focuses on the details of Placemaking; the kinds of projects Placemaking entails; how to plan and organize projects; and where to go for assistance and more resources.

And yet another resource is our series of webinars in which speakers discuss Placemaking projects happening in their communities.    Some of these examples include a REALTOR® Association telling us how they used NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant or Smart Growth grant to partner with others in their community on a Placemaking project.

So if you are looking for some ideas as to what you can do in your community, you may just want to have a listen and learn about what you may be able to do.

  • Reactivating Vacant Properties into Community Spaces
    Is your community faced with blighted and vacant properties that are disrupting the neighborhood’s sense of community and lowering property values?  Then tune in to NAR’s next Placemaking webinar which will focus on how address and deal with vacant properties, specifically vacant lots.  After a brief overview of vacant properties and the negative impact on a community, you will hear from several organizations, including a REALTOR® association, on how they are transforming vacant and abandoned lots into community open spaces and vibrant gathering places.  Listen to the Webinar.
  • Streets as Places
    Streets make up more than 80 percent of the public space in our downtowns and no public space works harder than our streets.  But, streets need to do more than just move cars.  Streets need to be designed to meet the needs of people and create great places where people meet, sit, socialize, relax, wander about, play and more. Find out how to transform the streets in your community into great places with a variety of tools including street painting, parklets, plazas, block parties, seating, and other activities. Listen to the webinar.
  • Community Outreach Leads to Commercial Revitalization
    Discover how engaging communities in downtown revitalization can lead to leasing/sales of vacant buildings and other positive impacts on commercial real estate development. Targeted efforts involving REALTOR® associations, REALTORS® and community organizations – including a Better Block tactical urbanism event, a Main Street® planning approach, and a tour of vacant properties – have resulted in positive economic changes and are strengthening communities. Listen to the webinar.
  • Revitalizing with Main Street®
    Main Street® is a unique economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets.  This approach focuses on traditional commercial districts in a community and can help address vacant properties and other revitalization challenges.   Get an overview of Main Street® and hear from two of your REALTOR® peers who have initiated a Main Street® program in their communities to help revitalize their downtowns.  Listen to the webinar.
  • How to Build a Better Block
    Learn the ins and outs of a Build a Better Block project which involves a group of community stakeholders and volunteers organizing and making visible changes to a place over a day or two such as cleaning up litter, planting flowers, installing benches, and maybe launching temporary businesses called pop-ups in vacant storefronts. Listen to the Webinar.
  • Lighter, Quicker Cheaper
    Find out how to take small, incremental, low cost steps to quickly turn your community’s vision into reality and build momentum for further improvements.” Lighter Quicker Cheaper (LQC) is an approach involving several small projects in a neighborhood where, taken together, will make the neighborhood a better place to live, work and play. These hands-on projects can be proposed and finished in months or