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...

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...

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...

Using Art to Create a Sense of Place

Can art create a more livable place and enhance a community’s quality of life? The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among others, believes so.   NEA believes that art is an essential part of building a strong community, and...

Better Block Creates the “The Soul of Norfolk” 

Andrew M. Sinclair, Director, Government Affairs Virginia Port Authority (Past Government Affairs Director, Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association) The City of Norfolk has become very proactive and innovative in its approach to planning and redevelopment.  Among the approaches it has...
October 23, 2014

Rebuilding New Orleans Block by Block: Lasalle Street Better Block

By Kelli A. Walker Sr. Director of Governmental Affairs New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® When our association was approached about working on a Better Block project for the NAR Annual Conference here in New Orleans, I immediately knew...

One Block at a Time

Do you know of a neighborhood in your community that has seen better days and is now a place with vacant storefronts, empty buildings and without much life? If so, you may want to consider “Better Block.” Better Block...

The Art of Sitting: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper in Action

Written by Connie Legris, RCE, Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS The Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) used an NAR Placemaking Grant to build and design benches for our local Farmer’s Market in downtown Kankakee.  The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful...

Lighter Quicker Cheaper Challenge: Build it and the Ideas will Come

Written by Kathie Feldpausch, CPA, CAE, RCE Senior Vice President, MICHIGAN REALTORS® Perhaps you’ve been following the success of other local associations’ placemaking projects and you’re ready to launch one at your board. There’s just one question – where...

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Start with the Petunias

After almost a dozen posts, you should now be familiar with placemaking and where to target your placemaking efforts.    The next thing to decide is what you want your space to become.   What would make the best type of...
September 18, 2014