Placemaking 101 Archive

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

“Love Notes” for your City

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Maybe it’s the perfect time to send your city a love note. Love notes are something Peter Kageyama, an urban strategist and author of For the Love of Cities, refers to as gestures between cities and...
February 14, 2018

Every Community Needs a Main Street

Does your community have a “Main Street”?  If so, what sets it apart from other streets? Why should a community have a “Main Street”?   As argued in the Main Street Handbook, Main Streets help define a community so that...
January 30, 2018

Placemaking is for You and Your Community

As a new year begins, so does an opportunity to create a vibrant, new gathering spot in your community.   This is an updated re-post from the very early days of the blog.   It is an introduction to placemaking and...
January 3, 2018

America’s New Front Porches: Public Spaces

I came across the article below that demonstrates how public spaces are a bit like front porches in that they are great places to meet up with neighbors, swap stories and socialize.  The article helps to define public spaces...
December 6, 2017

The Before & After, Part 7

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. ...
November 21, 2017

Vacant Lot to an Educational Oasis

Written by Fran Cormier, Executive Officer, Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® The idea for our placemaking project all started when Stephanie Barnes, president of the Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® (GFBOR), was on a field trip with her son....
November 8, 2017

NAR’s Placemaking Resources to the Rescue

This is another update of a re-post which will introduce you to the resources NAR provides to REALTOR® associations to help them become engaged in placemaking projects in their communities. The first several posts introduced you to this thing...

So What Exactly is Placemaking?

It’s been 3 years since the first postings in Spaces to Places.   As more and more people are hearing about placemaking, I think it’s a great time for a re-post from 2014 that defines placemaking.   So have another look...
September 28, 2017