Placemaking in Action Archive

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...

Why Should REALTORS® Care About Placemaking?

As a follow up to may last post “So What Exactly is Placemaking?“, which was a re-post to acquaint folks who just found this blog about placemaking,  here is another re-post with some updates.   It is to show REALTORS®...

Safe Routes to School

Many of us remember a time when walking, and bicycling, to school was a part of everyday life.  But times have changed.  Walking and biking to school is not like it used to be in the good old days....

Game-Changing Rails to Trails

An earlier post, Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail, detailed how many towns have  railroad corridors that have been abandoned and now have become unused, unsafe, and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These former...
August 16, 2017

Connecting a Community with Walkability

Written by Marissa Skuza, Government Affairs Coordinator, Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® Crosslake, Minnesota is located in north central Minnesota and is the only city located on the Whitefish Chain, the ninth largest body of water in the stat....
August 2, 2017

REALTORS® Bring an Island its First Park

Written by Sarah Rayne, Government and Public Affairs Director, Coastal Association of REALTORS® Pocket Park on Smith Island The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is a big fan of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and has received funding for two community...

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...