Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.

I’m not a REALTOR®. Two months ago, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about “placemaking,” or what it is.

But picture this: I’m sitting in the shade of Dupont Circle’s outer ring of benches. To my left, two women in a conversation that wings its way from yoga, to work, to teaching in one of D.C.’s local high schools. To my right, a pair of men hunch-shouldered at a stone chess...

The first couple of posts introduced you to this thing called Placemaking which hopefully piqued your interest.   You may have looked around your neighborhood and thought about a space or two that would be an ideal spot to convert back to or into a place for you and your neighbors to gather and enjoy the amenities.

NAR is here to help you.    Recognizing the value of Placemaking to the...

Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community, but it may be a matter of getting someone like a REALTOR® Association, or an eager REALTOR® member, to take the lead or initiative,  get the idea in motion, make a plan, and find partners and resources.

REALTOR® Associations, and their members, can initiate a Placemaking activity to not only create a sense of place in a...

Have you ever been in a great public space where it just felt good to be there and where you would go back again and again?  This is Placemaking!

Planners, citizens, public officials, organizations and “placemakers” define Placemaking in many ways since there really is no standard way to define Placemaking.   But one of the simplest ways to think of Placemaking is as a way of creating...


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.

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Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live and work by transforming public spaces into vibrant community places.