Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.

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...

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 Sarah Lapsley, Vick Chair, Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee, Cape Cod and Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR).

As a dog owner and Cape Cod resident, I was very happy that CCIAOR and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee used  NAR’s Placemaking Micro-Grant toward the Town of Yarmouth’ s new Dog Park.

About 4 years ago, I was living in...

In the previous post, we saw that real estate developers are supportive of and seeing the value of placemaking in creating community, and to their bottom line, by making sure open spaces are included in multi-family and mixed use development projects.

But it also makes sense for...

A lot of folks may wonder what does placemaking have to do with the National Association of REALTORS®, REALTORS® and real estate.  The simple answer is that the more vibrant public places and open spaces there are in a community, the more desirable a community becomes and the more desirable a community becomes, the more likely it is  for property values to increase.

In addition to...

Placemaking means different things to different people and organizations. There really doesn’t seem to be a consensus or a common definition of it.  As for me, Placemaking is one of those things where when I see it, I know it’s placemaking as it represents a great place for the whole community to gather and enjoy.  And usually those places share some common attributes:

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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.