Property Management Archive

Using Art to Create a Sense of Place

Can art create a more livable place and enhance a community’s quality of life? The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among others, believes so.   NEA believes that art is an essential part of building a strong community, and...

Rebuilding New Orleans Block by Block: Lasalle Street Better Block

By Kelli A. Walker Sr. Director of Governmental Affairs New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® When our association was approached about working on a Better Block project for the NAR Annual Conference here in New Orleans, I immediately knew...

One Block at a Time

Do you know of a neighborhood in your community that has seen better days and is now a place with vacant storefronts, empty buildings and without much life? If so, you may want to consider “Better Block.” Better Block...

The Art of Sitting: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper in Action

Written by Connie Legris, RCE, Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS The Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) used an NAR Placemaking Grant to build and design benches for our local Farmer’s Market in downtown Kankakee.  The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful...

Streets as Places

“The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center.”   William H. Whyte Are you are still scratching your head as to where to do a Placemaking activity...

What Makes a Place Great?

Let’s continue to look at what you can do, or perhaps should do, with a space you identified for a “do-over”.  If you haven’t already, you may want to take a look at I Found a Space. Now What?...

I Found a Space. Now What?

Congratulations.  You have identified a space to turn around, and are eager to get started, but aren’t really sure what should be done with the space. As you begin your project, consider starting with petunias!  Short-term actions, like planting...

Discovering Placemaking: Washington, D.C.

I’m not a REALTOR®. Two months ago, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about “placemaking,” or what it is. But picture this: I’m sitting in the shade of Dupont Circle’s outer ring of benches. To my left,...

Why Should REALTORS® Care About Placemaking?

Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community, but it may be a matter of getting someone like a REALTOR® Association, or an eager REALTOR® member, to take the lead or initiative,  get the idea in motion, make...

So What Exactly is Placemaking?

Have you ever been in a great public space where it just felt good to be there and where you would go back again and again?  This is Placemaking! Planners, citizens, public officials, organizations and “placemakers” define Placemaking in...