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Add a Touch of Art

Public art, especially work created by local artists, is a creative amenity to add to public spaces to enliven them and reflect the community’s culture. “Art can bring beauty and hope into public spaces and transform people’s perception.  Moving...

Action for Streets

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) Repost. Note that several of the projects below can be funded with either NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant or Smart Growth grant. Every community has assets and talent that can be showcased on its streets, whether...

Innovation Funding Available for your Placemaking Project

The National Association of REALTORS® is not the only source of funding for your placemaking project.  There is a broad range of philanthropic interests who are continuing to integrate placemaking efforts with innovative grant making programs. Below is a...

Let’s Play in the Streets

In many urban areas, especially in lower-income neighborhoods, there are no places for kids to play.  One in five children do not have access to a nearby playground or park. And, forget about walking to a park or open...

Can You Walk to a Park?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to walk to park in your neighborhood? Not only are parks great places to visit but surveys have shown that people desire them, as well as open spaces, and want them to...

Please Don’t Sit Here

Well, I guess it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room that sometimes comes up in the planning of a placemaking project. Yes, if you build it they may come, but will everyone who comes be welcomed?...

2015: The Year in Placemaking

As we begin a new year, I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on placemaking in 2015.    But why reinvent the wheel.    So I am re-posting a blog post by Ethan Kent,Senior Vice President at Project for...
January 4, 2016

Crowdfund Your Placemaking Project

The National Association of REALTORS® Placemaking Micro-grant will provide up to $3,000 in 2016 for to create new public spaces where a community can gather to meet up, relax, read a book, walk a dog, eat lunch, smell the...

Innovation Funding Available for your Placemaking Project

The National Association of REALTORS® is not the only source of funding for your placemaking project.  There is a broad range of philanthropic interests who are continuing to integrate placemaking efforts with innovative grant making programs. Below is a...

Placemaking Goes to the Dogs

It appears the new trend is letting things go to the dogs.   Dog parks are popping up all over and they are more than a just a place to walk a dog.   They are also a place to make...