Many of us remember a time when walking, and bicycling, to school was a part of everyday life. But times have changed. Walking and biking to school is not like it used to be in the good old days.
Walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, housing, amenities and parks and open spaces are the key to a happier and healthier lifestyle and make great places to live. How does your neighborhood measure up? Maybe it’s time to find out.
An earlier post, Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail, detailed how many towns have railroad corridors that have been abandoned and now have become unused, unsafe, and...
Written by Sarah Rayne, Government and Public Affairs Director, Coastal Association of REALTORS® Pocket Park on Smith Island
The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is a big fan of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and has received funding for two community projects over the past two years.
As to the most recent project, our association was contacted by the local Maryland Department...
Written by Lacey Everett, Government and Community Relations Strategist,MIBOR REALTOR® Association
Over the past several years, a significant challenge for local communities has come to the surface – walkability. It’s not a buzz word any longer, but even still, elected officials and community leaders are still learning how to address the challenge and improve the connectivity, safety...
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 Grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local Placemaking projects. Since the launch of the grant in 2014, we have approved almost $700,000 in funding for over 300 community placemaking...
Many communities encourage people to visit their downtown and other areas by offering them free public Wi-Fi hotspots. And now, some places are taking that a step further by deploying Wi-Fi and charging stations through furniture and fixtures – benches, shelters, streetlight poles, trash cans – at public spaces.
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.
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.