Types of Placemaking Archive

Try Out Placemaking with a Tactical Urbanism Project

Pedestrian Plazas on the Fly.   Temporary Parklets.  Complete Streets Pilots.  Pop-up Bike Lanes.    Guerrilla Gardening.  Pavement-to-Parks.  Open Streets. These are all a type of intervention called Tactical Urbanism – quick, often temporary, cheap projects that aim to make a...
December 28, 2016

Books Around the Block in St. Paul

“Thank you to the Saint Paul Realtors®, you are spot on in adding this to the neighborhood…it fits right into our neighborhood initiative of doing unusual and interesting things, and is a great way to bring the community together.” ...

Uninviting Space to Welcoming Community Gathering Place

Written by Fran Cormier, Executive Officer, Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® What was once a run-down, uninviting and unused space is now a beautiful, new pocket park in downtown Fairfield (CT).  The park, which is surrounded by a residential...
November 16, 2016

The Before and After – Part 4

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 Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local Placemaking projects. ...

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...

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....

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®....

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...