Communities Engagement Archive

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...

Innovative Placemaking: ULI’s Urban Open Space Award

Just about everyone is becoming involved in placemaking projects including folks in the land use and real estate development arena.    And to showcase some of these amazing projects, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) created the Urban Open Space Award,...

Nominate Your Favorite Plazas and Parks

Many of our REALTOR® Associations have received NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant to help fund the creation of a vibrant public place in their community.    Perhaps these places have now become a favorite place to go.   If so, get it...
September 2, 2015

Theatre in the Garden

We get many Placemaking Micro-grant applications for community gardens.   We do consider community gardens to be a placemaking project assuming that they will be multi-functional gardens so that the whole community can have a place to gather and enjoy...

Green Placemaking

We all know Placemaking is a great way to create vibrant public places for the community to gather but did you know it can also help to manage Federal, state and local environmental requirements. Paved, vacant lots in urban...

“El Spaces” into Public Spaces

Placemaking projects can be big or small but no matter what their size the ones that I think make the biggest difference to the community is how they transform an unused, unsafe, unwelcoming space into a vibrant, fun, safe...

Walking on Water

I am a member of IEDC (International Economic Development Council).   IEDC has started to recognize placemaking as a way to help revitalize communities and to advance the economic development of an area. In a recent issue of ED |...

Every Day a Picnic: Pop-up Parks

I am a member of IEDC (International Economic Development Council).   IEDC has started to recognize placemaking as a way to help revitalize communities and to advance the economic development of an area. In a recent issue of ED |...

An Action Plan in Action

Idaho Smart Growth partnered with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Ada County Association of Realtors® (ACAR) on Placemaking in Downtown in an effort to create a game plan around shared vision for what downtown Meridian could...

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...