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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

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...

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

REALTORS® Rescue a Garden on Their Way to Revitalizing a Neighborhood

Written by Terri Marshall, Executive Director, Housing Opportunity Foundation, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association “To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow.”   Audrey Hepburn, Actress Everyone needs to hold a belief that tomorrow brings promise and hope.  That was...

Pocket Park – Big Mission!

A pocket park may be just the right placemaking project to add some fun and vibrancy to your downtown.  This newly created pocket park was funded in part with an NAR Placemaking Micro-grant to the Paducah Board of REALTORS®....

What Makes a Great Public Space?

Placemaking is defined in many ways. For the National Association of Realtors, we look at placemaking as a way to transform an unused or underutilized public space into a vibrant gathering place for the community. I just read a...

In Our Backyards: Good placemaking makes good neighbors—and good neighborhoods!

Written by David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director, ioby.org This post is a collaboration between ioby and the National Association of Realtors: two different organizations with a shared interest in the value of neighborhood placemaking. What do ioby and the...

Young Professionals Engage in Placemaking

Written by Erin Corry, Government Affairs Coordinator, West Volusia Association of REALTORS Every year, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) gives back to their community by supporting local organizations through volunteering. This year, YPN decided...
February 9, 2016

A New Place for Pooches in Cape Cod

Written by Sarah Lapsley, Vick Chair, Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee, Cape Cod and Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR). As a dog owner and Cape Cod resident, I was very happy that CCIAOR and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee...