Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.

The Fourth of July is Community Placemaking

As you get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, take a look around in your community to see what is happening – and where. More than likely you are seeing Placemaking in action.


From parades, picnics and festivals in the park in small towns to fireworks on the river and concerts on the plaza in larger cities, July 4th celebrations gets a community together in public spaces to gather, barbeque, listen to music, see friends and families, eat pies and hot dogs, and celebrate.

Let us know where you will be celebrating July 4th and how that reflects on Placemaking.

Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.


Community Outreach Programs

Housing Opportunity Grant
Housing Opportunity Grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ affordable housing activities. The goal of the program is to position REALTORS® as leaders in improving their communities by creating affordable housing

Smart Growth Grant
Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement. The Smart Growth Program offers state and local REALTOR® Associations to way to engage with government officials, community partners and the general public in planning and designing community’s future.

Planned diversity initiatives makes good business sense. REALTOR® Associations with well-planned diversity programs create a stronger sense of community, particularly in neighborhoods with high concentrations of foreign-born and minority residents who are moving up the socioeconomic ladder and are buying homes.

NAR Placemaking Resources

Placemaking Guide: A Guide to Transform a Public Space into a Community Place
REALTORS® and state and local association staff can learn the details of Placemaking, the kinds of projects placemaking entails, how to organize them, and where to go for assistance and resources.

Placemaking Webinar Series
Our Placemaking Webinar Series will provide more in depth information on the various types of Placemaking and how REALTORS® were involved in Placemaking activities in their communities.

Placemaking Grant
The Placemaking Grant funds the creation of new public spaces, like pocket parks, trails & gardens, in a community. The grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built under a year and cost less  than $200,000.