Placemaking in Action Archive

Turning an Eyesore into a Welcoming Kid-Friendly Place to Play

Written by Helen Miernicki, REALTOR®, Schuylkill County Board of REALTORS® Lincoln Park is located in the borough of Frackville in Schuylkill County, PA.  It had fallen into a state of disrepair. The fencing was falling apart, wood on the...
September 7, 2016

Trail Towns Grow Communities

In a previous post, I introduced Trail-Oriented Development, an emerging planning tool that has a positive impact on property values of developments around trails.  Next up is an introduction to “Trail Towns” which are towns that have benefited from...

Build It Yourself: Let’s Play Community Construction Grants

We get a variety of Placemaking Micro-grant applications from our REALTOR® Associations to build playgrounds in their communities.   Additional funding is usually always needed.    I just came across another grant available from KaBOOM!  to support the creation of playgrounds...

Transit-Oriented Development to Trail-Oriented Development

Now that more and more cities are witnessing the benefits of Transit-Oriented Development, a mixture of housing, office, and retail development integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located close to public transportation, a new trend has emerged: Trail-Oriented Development....

REALTORS® Rescue a Garden on Their Way to Revitalizing a Neighborhood

Written by Terri Marshall, Executive Director, Housing Opportunity Foundation, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association “To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow.”   Audrey Hepburn, Actress Everyone needs to hold a belief that tomorrow brings promise and hope.  That was...

Another Push for Parklets

I love parklets where you create places for people, not cars.   Parking spaces make perfect locations for people spots where they can sit, relax, read, check email, have a coffee, meet a friend and even play and have fun...

Pocket Park – Big Mission!

A pocket park may be just the right placemaking project to add some fun and vibrancy to your downtown.  This newly created pocket park was funded in part with an NAR Placemaking Micro-grant to the Paducah Board of REALTORS®....

What Makes a Great Public Space?

Placemaking is defined in many ways. For the National Association of Realtors, we look at placemaking as a way to transform an unused or underutilized public space into a vibrant gathering place for the community. I just read a...

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...