Placemaking 101 Archive

July 4 is Placemaking

As you get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, take a look around in your community to see what is happening – and where. More than likely you are seeing Placemaking in action. From parades, picnics and...

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

If you build it, they might not come, especially if they don’t know about it or how to get there.  Your community may have some great public spaces and places to visit but without good signage people may never...

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...

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?...

Placemaking: The Value to Real Estate

A lot of folks may wonder what does placemaking have to do with the National Association of REALTORS®, REALTORS® and real estate.  The simple answer is that the more vibrant public places and open spaces there are in a...

My Favorite Types of Places

Placemaking means different things to different people and organizations. There really doesn’t seem to be a consensus or a common definition of it.  As for me, Placemaking is one of those things where when I see it, I know...

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...

Listen and Learn

As NAR’s Placemaking Program continues to gain momentum, there are still many REALTOR® Associations that have yet to engage in a Placemaking activity in their community.    One of the biggest challenges facing Associations may be figuring out what to...