Placemaking in Action Archive

Finding the Right Spot for a Community Garden

Written by Evan McMillan, Community Affairs Director, Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® The Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) is partnering with the Wilmington Housing Authority, Wilmington Green, a local non-profit, and the Interfaith Refugee Ministry to launch a...

Timing is Every Thing

Written by Eliezer Rodriguez, Esq. Association Executive Officer, Bronx Manhattan North Association of REALTORS® (BMNAR) NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant could not have come at a better time.  Last September, Kathy Zamechansky was sworn in as the 57th President to lead...
February 18, 2015

REALTORS® in Action: Alley to Pedestrian Walkway Transformation

Written by Kathy Hall, President, Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS® (MIBOR) Fortville Action Inc., a volunteer run organization aimed at strengthening and promoting Fortville, Indiana, worked with the town to close off an alleyway from vehicular traffic in order...
February 11, 2015

Plazas & Walkways Create Ideal Gathering Places for a Community

If you want to create excitement in your downtown, consider open air plazas, squares and pedestrian walkways.  These newly created spaces could serve as major gathering places for the community and help to revitalize downtown areas. According to Downtown...

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...