Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.
An earlier post, Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail, detailed how many towns have  railroad corridors that have been abandoned and now have become unused, unsafe, and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These...
Residents and a design team worked with the tourist town of Crosslake, Minnesota, used an NAR grant for a Walkable Communities WalkShop to help empower and inspire local residents to design new ways to enhance the ability of people to walk or bike throughout the town.
Written by Sarah Rayne, Government and Public Affairs Director, Coastal Association of REALTORS® Pocket Park on Smith Island The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is a big fan of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and has received funding for two...
Written by Lacey Everett, Government and Community Relations Strategist,MIBOR REALTOR® Association Over the past several years, a significant challenge for local communities has come to the surface – walkability. It’s not a buzz word any longer,...
The Seattle King County Association of REALTORS® used NAR's Placemaking Grants to create a parklet to include seating, bike rack and landscaping.
Many communities encourage people to visit their downtown and other areas by offering them free public Wi-Fi hotspots.  And now, some places are taking that a step further by deploying Wi-Fi and charging stations through furniture and fixtures –...
Over the past several years, we have received several placemaking grant applications for dog parks.   To be eligible for funding, we require that the dog park be “multi-functional” in that it includes features and amenities for the whole 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...
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...

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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
opportunities.

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.

Diversity
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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Smart Growth

The healthier a community, the better the environment for REALTORS®. Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task.