Commercial & Investment Real Estate Archive

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...

Creating a Place within a Place

Sometimes a place exists in a community where it may need some enhancements and improvements to make it more welcoming.    This is a trend I am seeing as I review NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grants applications.   Project requests have included planting...

It’s Your Turn

There are so much wonderful placemaking going on in communities everywhere that I can’t keep up with them.   So, I need your help. If your community is planning or has implemented a placemaking project, let’s hear about it.    You...
March 18, 2015

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...

REALTORS® in Action: Alley to Pedestrian Walkway Transformation

Written by Kathy Hall, President, Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS® (MIBOR) Fortville Action Inc., a volunteer run organization aimed at strengthening and promoting Fortville, Indiana, worked with the town to close off an alleyway from vehicular traffic in order...
February 11, 2015

Plazas & Walkways Create Ideal Gathering Places for a Community

If you want to create excitement in your downtown, consider open air plazas, squares and pedestrian walkways.  These newly created spaces could serve as major gathering places for the community and help to revitalize downtown areas. According to Downtown...

19 Things to do with a Roofless Building

Written by Becky McCray, Small Biz Survival A news story from Garland, Texas, got me thinking about what you can do with a roofless building. We came up with a lot of ideas for empty buildings, so I knew...