Types of Placemaking Archive

“Love Notes” for your City

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Maybe it’s the perfect time to send your city a love note. Love notes are something Peter Kageyama, an urban strategist and author of For the Love of Cities, refers to as gestures between cities and...
February 14, 2018

Taking Back our Waterfronts

Many American cities were built around industrial centers along waterfronts. But as America’s transportation and industrial profile changed, manufacturing plants closed and were abandoned leaving behind deteriorating, unsightly and underutilized waterfronts. Fortunately, things are changing – for the better....

Using Placemaking to Build Community Resilience

It’s time to re-think how to achieve community resilience. “Improving resilience is about much more than just reducing disaster-related risk. Community resilience needs to address not just environmental factors, but quality of life and economic prosperity…This holistic view is...
December 20, 2017

America’s New Front Porches: Public Spaces

I came across the article below that demonstrates how public spaces are a bit like front porches in that they are great places to meet up with neighbors, swap stories and socialize.  The article helps to define public spaces...
December 6, 2017

The Before & After, Part 7

The National Association of REALTORS® encourages our state and local REALTOR® Associations to partner with others to make their communities better places to live.   Our Placemaking Grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local Placemaking projects. ...
November 21, 2017

Vacant Lot to an Educational Oasis

Written by Fran Cormier, Executive Officer, Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® The idea for our placemaking project all started when Stephanie Barnes, president of the Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® (GFBOR), was on a field trip with her son....
November 8, 2017

Safe Routes to School

Many of us remember a time when walking, and bicycling, to school was a part of everyday life.  But times have changed.  Walking and biking to school is not like it used to be in the good old days....

Game-Changing Rails to Trails

An earlier post, Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail, detailed how many towns have  railroad corridors that have been abandoned and now have become unused, unsafe, and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These former...
August 16, 2017

Connecting a Community with Walkability

Written by Marissa Skuza, Government Affairs Coordinator, Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® Crosslake, Minnesota is located in north central Minnesota and is the only city located on the Whitefish Chain, the ninth largest body of water in the stat....
August 2, 2017

REALTORS® Bring an Island its First Park

Written by Sarah Rayne, Government and Public Affairs Director, Coastal Association of REALTORS® Pocket Park on Smith Island The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is a big fan of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and has received funding for two community...