Written by Ruby Pontbriand, Marketing and Communications Director, REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley
The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley has taken advantage of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and in the past two years was involved in 4 placemaking projects to help enhance their communities by creating new public spaces for residents. Here are two of those projects.
This is a re-post from City Lab. I particular like it because it is the type of project, Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, that can be funded with our Placemaking Grant.
By adding some color and nature to a concrete plaza, designers in Australia...
This is a re-post from the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). It gives you, as an individual and part of a community, some great ideas to create placemaking opportunities in your communities and to make your community more walkable. As Fred Kent of PPS says, "Start with the petunias." See the...
Pedestrian Plazas on the Fly. Temporary Parklets. Complete Streets Pilots. Pop-up Bike Lanes. Guerrilla Gardening. Pavement-to-Parks. Open Streets.
These are all a type of intervention called Tactical Urbanism – quick, often temporary, cheap projects that aim to make a small part of a city more lively or enjoyable. Other aliases include DIY Urbanism, Planning-by-doing, urban...
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 over $630,000 in funding for over 300 community placemaking projects...
“Thank you to the Saint Paul Realtors®, you are spot on in adding this to the neighborhood…it fits right into our neighborhood initiative of doing unusual and interesting things, and is a great way to bring the community together.” Mayor Stan Karwoski, Oakdale, Minnesota
Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over! The “take a book, leave a book”...
Written by Fran Cormier, Executive Officer, Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS®
What was once a run-down, uninviting and unused space is now a beautiful, new pocket park in downtown Fairfield (CT). The park, which is surrounded by a residential area, is now being enjoyed by its neighbors who are meeting there and walking or jogging through the park.
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 benefit the citizens of Rockford.
Last year, the YPN made streetscaping improvements, including planning of...
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.