Placemaking in Action Archive

“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

Taking Back our Waterfronts

Many American cities were built around industrial centers along waterfronts. But as America’s transportation and industrial profile changed, manufacturing plants closed and were abandoned leaving behind deteriorating, unsightly and underutilized waterfronts. Fortunately, things are changing – for the better....

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

Using Placemaking to Build Community Resilience

It’s time to re-think how to achieve community resilience. “Improving resilience is about much more than just reducing disaster-related risk. Community resilience needs to address not just environmental factors, but quality of life and economic prosperity…This holistic view is...
December 20, 2017

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®...