Community Archive

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...

Reactivating Vacant Properties

I know you have them in your community.   They’re the spots where you say I wish they would do something there.  You know, those vacant, overgrown lots that are not only eyesores but serve as places to dispose of...

The Before and After

The National Association REALTORS® encourages our state and local REALTOR® Associations to partner with others to make their communities better places to live and work.   Our Placemaking Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local placemaking...

Just Add Water

As you may have read in Focus on the Water, water attracts people.  People love to touch it.  They like to stick their hands, toes and feet in it.   They jump around it.  Or they simply like to watch...

Focus on the Water!

Waterfronts and waterways are one of a community’s greatest assets.  Water draws people in.   Where there is water, there are people.   People gather around water to relax, play and enjoy. Water builds on a community’s authentic historical, cultural and...

Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail

Many towns have abandoned former railroad corridors that now are unused and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These corridors are great opportunities to create a destination and transform that corridor into vibrant public places.  Ideal for many...

Meet Me at The Plaza: New Seats, New Scene at Harvard University

Re-post from Project for Public Spaces Blog on Mar 18, 2015 It all started with the chairs. By simply placing some movable furniture in Harvard Yard in 2009, the University took the first steps in what would eventually become...

Have a Seat and Stay Awhile

“This might not strike you as an intellectual bombshell but people like to sit where there are places for them to sit.”  William H. Whyte. Whyte applied this concept to public spaces.  He found that while people don’t care...

Neighborhood Eyesore to Gathering Place for Pooches and People

Written by Lara Schultz, Realty Executives, SELA, Metairie LA It started with a kiss – a big slobbery one from the cutest little basset hound. He was out for his twice daily walk along with another 20 or so...

Finding the Right Spot for a Community Garden

Written by Evan McMillan, Community Affairs Director, Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® The Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) is partnering with the Wilmington Housing Authority, Wilmington Green, a local non-profit, and the Interfaith Refugee Ministry to launch a...