Placemaking in Action Archive

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...

Young Professionals Engage in Placemaking

Written by Erin Corry, Government Affairs Coordinator, West Volusia Association of REALTORS Every year, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) gives back to their community by supporting local organizations through volunteering. This year, YPN decided...
February 9, 2016

2015: The Year in Placemaking

As we begin a new year, I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on placemaking in 2015.    But why reinvent the wheel.    So I am re-posting a blog post by Ethan Kent,Senior Vice President at Project for...
January 4, 2016

Innovation Funding Available for your Placemaking Project

The National Association of REALTORS® is not the only source of funding for your placemaking project.  There is a broad range of philanthropic interests who are continuing to integrate placemaking efforts with innovative grant making programs. Below is a...

A New Place for Pooches in Cape Cod

Written by Sarah Lapsley, Vick Chair, Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee, Cape Cod and Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR). As a dog owner and Cape Cod resident, I was very happy that CCIAOR and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee...

Placemaking Goes to the Dogs

It appears the new trend is letting things go to the dogs.   Dog parks are popping up all over and they are more than a just a place to walk a dog.   They are also a place to make...

Placemaking: The Role of and Value to REALTORS®

In the previous post, we saw that real estate developers are supportive of and seeing the value of placemaking in creating community, and to their bottom line, by making sure open spaces are included in multi-family and mixed use...
October 14, 2015