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Turning a Dull Park Into a Place People Actually Enjoy

This is a re-post from City Lab.  I particular like it because it is the type of project, Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, that can be funded with our Placemaking Grant. By adding some color and nature to a concrete plaza,...

Crowdfund Your Placemaking Project

The National Association of REALTORS® Placemaking Micro-grant will provide up to $3,000 in 2016 for to create new public spaces where a community can gather to meet up, relax, read a book, walk a dog, eat lunch, smell the...

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

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...

Bringing Parklets to Chicago

Written by Brian Bonanno, Sustainability Programs Manager Andersonville Development Corporation Andersonville, Chicago’s former Swedish enclave, is one of those unique places that can only be described as a small town in a big city.  Residents of the neighborhood can’t...

Happy Holidays

The start of a new year is a great time to think of spaces in your community that are in need of some TLC and can be transformed from a spot where no one goes to one where the...

Transform Your Street, One Parking Space at a Time

Written by By Jennifer Wieland, Public Space Program Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation Parklets. “Parks” in parking spaces. Taking away parking to create places to sit in the street. It sounds crazy, right? Who would want to sit on...

Happy Thanksgiving

We’d typically be publishing today but instead, like you, we’re giving thanks, with friends and family, for all that we have and are grateful for. This may also be time to reflect upon our communities, especially those places where...

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...

Streets as Places

“The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center.”   William H. Whyte Are you are still scratching your head as to where to do a Placemaking activity...