Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.

Many REALTOR® Associations are looking for placemaking projects to do in their community but are at a loss for what to do.   For them, I recommend a parklet because every community has a parking spot or two which could be transformed into a people spot.

There are several other blog posts on parklets to give you an overview,  get you prepared for Park(ing) Day (temporary parklets) and...

As NAR’s Placemaking Grant is now in its fourth year, it might be a good time to reflect back and see how some REALTOR® Associations used the  grant to fund placemaking projects in their community.

Maybe your association will use the Placemaking Grant this year and have your project become a REALTOR® Party Success Story.

Please note that some of these were done in previous...

Parks are a valued amenity in communities and residents across the country are demonstrating their support for development of parks in their neighborhoods.

One of the most reliable indicators of public support for parks is measured by how residents vote on public funding for parks.

Last November voters across the nation approved local and state ballot measures providing more...

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.


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...


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.