Communities Engagement Archive

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....

The Fourth of July is Community 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...

Actions for Streets as Places: How One Makes it Happen

This is a re-post from the Project for Public Spaces (PPS).   It gives you, as an individual and part of a community, some great ideas to create placemaking opportunities in your communities and to make your community more walkable.  ...

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

NAR has initiated an effort to encourage the planning and development of more walkable communities where residents can walk, bike and take public transit to destinations.   Walkable communities reflect the basics of Placemaking in that they create places where...

Creative Placemaking in Rural Communities: Putting our Toolkit to Work

Written by Carrie Geraci, Director of Jackson Hole Public Art A string of pristine lakes and a charming downtown should make Seeley Lake (MT) a destination for visitors far and wide. But many people passing through this scenic patch...

The Before and After – Part 4

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 Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local Placemaking projects. ...

Add a Touch of Art

Public art, especially work created by local artists, is a creative amenity to add to public spaces to enliven them and reflect the community’s culture. “Art can bring beauty and hope into public spaces and transform people’s perception.  Moving...

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...

In Our Backyards: Good placemaking makes good neighbors—and good neighborhoods!

Written by David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director, ioby.org This post is a collaboration between ioby and the National Association of Realtors: two different organizations with a shared interest in the value of neighborhood placemaking. What do ioby and the...

Let’s Play in the Streets

In many urban areas, especially in lower-income neighborhoods, there are no places for kids to play.  One in five children do not have access to a nearby playground or park. And, forget about walking to a park or open...