Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.

Written by Chris Bailey, Government Affairs Director, Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®

Like a lot of other small Southern towns, Greenville, South Carolina has experienced a rebirth and renaissance of sorts.  Downtown Greenville is seeing an unprecedented level of redevelopment with residential, commercial, parks and green space all flourishing.  But also like a lot...

Many American cities were built around industrial centers along waterfronts. But as America’s transportation and industrial profile changed, manufacturing plants closed and were abandoned leaving behind deteriorating, unsightly and underutilized waterfronts.


As a new year begins, so does an opportunity to create a vibrant, new gathering spot in your community.   This is an updated re-post from the very early days of the blog.   It is an introduction to placemaking and hopefully will encourage you to become engaged with a project in your neighborhood.

Do you know a spot in your neighborhood that could use a little love and TLC?  Maybe it’s...

It’s time to re-think how to achieve community resilience.

“Improving resilience is about much more than just reducing disaster-related risk. Community resilience needs to address not just environmental factors, but quality of life and economic prosperity…This holistic view is helping communities think beyond catastrophes and evolve into thriving places with more potential and promise...

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 $870,00 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.

Comment Policy

The opinions expressed in reader comments sections on this website are those of the reader and not NAR or REALTOR® Magazine.


Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live and work by transforming public spaces into vibrant community places.