YPN Members Rock the Block in Rockford

Written by Jackie Cozzi, Director of Communication and Professional Development, Rockford Area REALTORS® The Rockford Area REALTORS® Young Professional Network (YPN) has made a commitment for the past two years to take on a community beautification project that would...
November 1, 2016

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

NAR has initiated an effort to encourage the planning and development of more walkable communities where residents can walk, bike and take public transit to destinations.   Walkable communities reflect the basics of Placemaking in that they create places where...

Creative Placemaking in Rural Communities: Putting our Toolkit to Work

Written by Carrie Geraci, Director of Jackson Hole Public Art A string of pristine lakes and a charming downtown should make Seeley Lake (MT) a destination for visitors far and wide. But many people passing through this scenic patch...

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. ...

Turning an Eyesore into a Welcoming Kid-Friendly Place to Play

Written by Helen Miernicki, REALTOR®, Schuylkill County Board of REALTORS® Lincoln Park is located in the borough of Frackville in Schuylkill County, PA.  It had fallen into a state of disrepair. The fencing was falling apart, wood on the...
September 7, 2016

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...

Build It Yourself: Let’s Play Community Construction Grants

We get a variety of Placemaking Micro-grant applications from our REALTOR® Associations to build playgrounds in their communities.   Additional funding is usually always needed.    I just came across another grant available from KaBOOM!  to support the creation of playgrounds...

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....

REALTORS® Rescue a Garden on Their Way to Revitalizing a Neighborhood

Written by Terri Marshall, Executive Director, Housing Opportunity Foundation, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association “To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow.”   Audrey Hepburn, Actress Everyone needs to hold a belief that tomorrow brings promise and hope.  That was...

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...