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-...
Written by Terri Marshall, Executive Director, Housing Opportunity Foundation, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association
“To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn, Actress
Everyone needs to hold a belief that tomorrow brings promise and hope. That was the case when the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association and its charitable arm, the Housing Opportunity...
I love parklets where you create places for people, not cars. Parking spaces make perfect locations for people spots where they can sit, relax, read, check email, have a coffee, meet a friend and even play and have fun as you'll see below.
There are several other posts on parklets on the Spaces to Places blog and I invite you to read them to get more details on what they are...
A pocket park may be just the right placemaking project to add some fun and vibrancy to your downtown. This newly created pocket park was funded in part with an NAR Placemaking Micro-grant to the Paducah Board of REALTORS®.
"The Paducah Board of REALTORS® has worked with the Paducah Mainstreet program in Paducah on several projects and was thrilled to be involved in the new Pocket...
If you build it, they might not come, especially if they don’t know about it or how to get there. Your community may have some great public spaces and places to visit but without good signage people may never get to enjoy them.
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) suggests that good signage provides effective information and direction for people to find their way around a downtown, a...
Placemaking is defined in many ways. For the National Association of Realtors, we look at placemaking as a way to transform an unused or underutilized public space into a vibrant gathering place for the community.
I just read a short article posted by the Penn State Extension...
Public art, especially work created by local artists, is a creative amenity to add to public spaces to enliven them and reflect the community’s culture.
“Art can bring beauty and hope into public spaces and transform people’s perception. Moving art out of the museum and making it free to everyone opens up a flow of ideas and a sense of belonging.” Ellen Ryan, program director for...
The National Association of REALTORS® is not the only source of funding for your placemaking project. There is a broad range of philanthropic interests who are continuing to integrate placemaking efforts with innovative grant making programs.
Below is a description of each of these organizations and the programs they have designed in order to support multi-sector and community-based...
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.