Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.

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...

Written by David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director,

This post is a collaboration between ioby and the National Association of Realtors: two different organizations with a shared interest in the value of neighborhood placemaking.

What do ioby and the National Association of Realtors have in common? More than you...

Written by Erin Corry, Government Affairs Coordinator, West Volusia Association of REALTORS

Every year, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) gives back to their community by supporting local organizations through volunteering. This year, YPN decided to get involved in a big way and participated in a joint project between the city and local...

Well, I guess it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room that sometimes comes up in the planning of a placemaking project. Yes, if you build it they may come, but will everyone who comes be welcomed?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio caused quite an uproar when he proposed the idea of tearing up a pedestrian plaza in Times Square. His statement was the culmination of several...


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.