Types of Placemaking Archive

Finding a Site to Transform

If you are thinking about a creating a placemaking project in your community but are not sure of where to find a space to transform, here are some ideas. You probably should not tackle this by yourself.  Find other...

Transforming Dead Spaces Under Freeways to Vibrant Destinations

Take them or leave them, elevated freeways are a mainstay of cities all over the world.  The spaces beneath those overpasses are often underutilized – or utilized in ways illegal or undesirable.  However, many cities are now realizing the...

Spring has Sprung: Does your Neighborhood Need a Community Garden?

This is an updated repost from 2015.   Please note that while NAR’s Placemaking Grant does fund community gardens, the gardens need to be multi-functional spaces whereby anyone in the community can enjoy it as a destination.   So don’t forget...
April 10, 2018

Using Placemaking to Jump Start Downtown Revitalization

Written by Chris Bailey, Government Affairs Director, Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® Like a lot of other small Southern towns, Greenville, South Carolina has experienced a rebirth and renaissance of sorts.  Downtown Greenville is seeing an unprecedented level of...
March 13, 2018

Preserving Land and Parks for Everyone

Land trusts and city parks conservancies exist to help communities address limited access to nature and unplanned development and to create and preserve parks and open spaces. Land trusts conserve natural resources such as natural areas, parks, and farmlands...
February 28, 2018

“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