Placemaking in Action Archive

19 Things to do with a Roofless Building

Written by Becky McCray, Small Biz Survival A news story from Garland, Texas, got me thinking about what you can do with a roofless building. We came up with a lot of ideas for empty buildings, so I knew...

The Power of Collaboration in a Rural Town

Written by Patti Lawton, REALTOR® Real Estate Broker, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty The residents of Richmond, Maine, with a population of just over 3,000, came together last summer and fall to build a new Community Library.  Set on...

Grow Your Neighborhood with a Community Garden

Could your community benefit from having a vacant or overgrown space transformed into a vibrant, green space for everyone to gather and enjoy?  A Community garden may be just the answer. Community gardens have the potential to beautify vacant...

Parklets: Spots for People, not Cars

I’ve been seeing a lot of folks get excited about Placemaking but then not a lot of follow up.   This is due, in part, of not really knowing what to do. I have a suggestion that can be undertaken...

South Orange Village Center – Commitment to Vision Pays Off with a Successful Sense of Place

Written by By Jef Buehler, State Coordinator, Main Street NJ & Improvement District Programs While being what today would be considered a quintessential ‘traditional’ community, anchored in access to train transit, historic architecture of the built environment, a diverse...

REALTORS® as Creative Placemakers

Written by Suzanne Ishee, REALTOR®, Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct, Maplewood, NJ President, Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College, NJ “Creative Placemaking?  What in the world does that have to do with me?  My field is real estate, not...

The Power of the Arts to Transform

Written by Vanessa Silberman, Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Levitt Pavilions, based in Los Angeles. Neglected, crime-infested parks. A dormant downtown. The nation’s largest brownfield. A problematic landfill. What do all of these have in common? They...

Using Art to Create a Sense of Place

Can art create a more livable place and enhance a community’s quality of life? The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among others, believes so.   NEA believes that art is an essential part of building a strong community, and...

Better Block Creates the “The Soul of Norfolk” 

Andrew M. Sinclair, Director, Government Affairs Virginia Port Authority (Past Government Affairs Director, Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association) The City of Norfolk has become very proactive and innovative in its approach to planning and redevelopment.  Among the approaches it has...
October 23, 2014

Rebuilding New Orleans Block by Block: Lasalle Street Better Block

By Kelli A. Walker Sr. Director of Governmental Affairs New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® When our association was approached about working on a Better Block project for the NAR Annual Conference here in New Orleans, I immediately knew...