Placemaking Goes to the Dogs

It appears the new trend is letting things go to the dogs.   Dog parks are popping up all over and they are more than a just a place to walk a dog.   They are also a place to make...

Placemaking: The Role of and Value to REALTORS®

In the previous post, we saw that real estate developers are supportive of and seeing the value of placemaking in creating community, and to their bottom line, by making sure open spaces are included in multi-family and mixed use...
October 14, 2015

Placemaking: The Value to Real Estate

A lot of folks may wonder what does placemaking have to do with the National Association of REALTORS®, REALTORS® and real estate.  The simple answer is that the more vibrant public places and open spaces there are in a...

My Favorite Types of Places

Placemaking means different things to different people and organizations. There really doesn’t seem to be a consensus or a common definition of it.  As for me, Placemaking is one of those things where when I see it, I know...

Innovative Placemaking: ULI’s Urban Open Space Award

Just about everyone is becoming involved in placemaking projects including folks in the land use and real estate development arena.    And to showcase some of these amazing projects, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) created the Urban Open Space Award,...

The Before and After – Part 3

The National Association REALTORS® encourages our state and local REALTOR® Associations to partner with others to make their communities better places to live and work.   Our Placemaking Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local placemaking...
September 9, 2015

Nominate Your Favorite Plazas and Parks

Many of our REALTOR® Associations have received NAR’s Placemaking Micro-grant to help fund the creation of a vibrant public place in their community.    Perhaps these places have now become a favorite place to go.   If so, get it...
September 2, 2015

Theatre in the Garden

We get many Placemaking Micro-grant applications for community gardens.   We do consider community gardens to be a placemaking project assuming that they will be multi-functional gardens so that the whole community can have a place to gather and enjoy...

Green Placemaking

We all know Placemaking is a great way to create vibrant public places for the community to gather but did you know it can also help to manage Federal, state and local environmental requirements. Paved, vacant lots in urban...

Vacation Break: Placemaking Sightseeing

Spaces to Places is on hiatus this week as I hit the trails – literally  –  in Montana where there is plenty of placemaking happening including a variety of recreational trails and natural playgrounds.    From Mother Nature’s awe inspiring...