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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

Spring has Sprung: Does your Neighborhood Need a Community Garden?

This is an updated repost from 2015.   Please note that while NAR’s Placemaking Grant does fund community gardens, the gardens need to be multi-functional spaces whereby anyone in the community can enjoy it as a destination.   So don’t forget...
April 10, 2018

Bring Life to Vacant Spaces

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts to date, you’ve probably thought of at least one site in your community that would be a good candidate for a placemaking project. But if you still can’t identify a site,...
March 28, 2018

Using Placemaking to Jump Start Downtown Revitalization

Written by Chris Bailey, Government Affairs Director, Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® Like a lot of other small Southern towns, Greenville, South Carolina has experienced a rebirth and renaissance of sorts.  Downtown Greenville is seeing an unprecedented level of...
March 13, 2018

Preserving Land and Parks for Everyone

Land trusts and city parks conservancies exist to help communities address limited access to nature and unplanned development and to create and preserve parks and open spaces. Land trusts conserve natural resources such as natural areas, parks, and farmlands...
February 28, 2018