“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...
NAR has initiated an effort to encourage the planning and development of more walkable communities where residents can walk, bike and take public transit to destinations. Walkable communities reflect the basics of Placemaking in that they create places where people want to live and visit. They give communities a “sense of place.” Listen to our...
Written by Carrie Geraci, Director of Jackson Hole Public Art
A string of pristine lakes and a charming downtown should make Seeley Lake (MT) a destination for visitors far and wide.
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 Micro-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 $530,000 in funding for over 250 community placemaking...
Written by Helen Miernicki, REALTOR®, Schuylkill County Board of REALTORS®
Lincoln Park is located in the borough of Frackville in Schuylkill County, PA. It had fallen into a state of disrepair. The fencing was falling apart, wood on the site was disintegrating and the sliding board was damaged by a car running into it. In short, the park was an eyesore. The Schuylkill County Board of...
In a previous post, I introduced Trail-Oriented Development, an emerging planning tool that has a positive impact on property values of developments around trails. Next up is an introduction to “Trail Towns” which are towns that have benefited from the development of a...
We get a variety of Placemaking Micro-grant applications from our REALTOR® Associations to build playgrounds in their communities. Additional funding is usually always needed. I just came across another grant available from KaBOOM! to support the creation of playgrounds so that children, and their families, have a safe place to gather and play.
There is also a...
Now that more and more cities are witnessing the benefits of Transit-Oriented Development, a mixture of housing, office, and retail development integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located close to public transportation, a new trend has emerged: Trail-Oriented Development.
According to the Rails-...
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.