Placemaking in Action Archive

One Block at a Time

Do you know of a neighborhood in your community that has seen better days and is now a place with vacant storefronts, empty buildings and without much life? If so, you may want to consider “Better Block.” Better Block...

The Art of Sitting: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper in Action

Written by Connie Legris, RCE, Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS The Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) used an NAR Placemaking Grant to build and design benches for our local Farmer’s Market in downtown Kankakee.  The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful...

Lighter Quicker Cheaper Challenge: Build it and the Ideas will Come

Written by Kathie Feldpausch, CPA, CAE, RCE Senior Vice President, MICHIGAN REALTORS® Perhaps you’ve been following the success of other local associations’ placemaking projects and you’re ready to launch one at your board. There’s just one question – where...

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Start with the Petunias

After almost a dozen posts, you should now be familiar with placemaking and where to target your placemaking efforts.    The next thing to decide is what you want your space to become.   What would make the best type of...
September 18, 2014

Bring Life to Vacant Spaces

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts to date, you’ve probably thought of at least one space in your community that would be a good candidate for Placemaking. But if you still can’t identify a space, take a...

Discovering Placemaking: Washington, D.C.

I’m not a REALTOR®. Two months ago, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about “placemaking,” or what it is. But picture this: I’m sitting in the shade of Dupont Circle’s outer ring of benches. To my left,...