Spaces to Places

Transforming Public Spaces into Vibrant Places for the Community.
Happy Valentine’s Day.  Maybe it’s the perfect time to send your city a love note. Love notes are something Peter Kageyama, an urban strategist and author of For the Love of Cities, refers to as gestures between cities and its citizens.   They are...
Does your community have a “Main Street”?  If so, what sets it apart from other streets? Jim Thorpe, PA Why should a community have a “Main Street”?   As argued in the Main Street Handbook, Main Streets help define a community so that a...
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...
I came across the article below that demonstrates how public spaces are a bit like front porches in that they are great places to meet up with neighbors, swap stories and socialize.  The article helps to define public spaces and the need for them...
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of REALTORS® in California used NAR's Placemaking Grant to assist with the Malaga Cove Beautification Project.
Written by Fran Cormier, Executive Officer, Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® The idea for our placemaking project all started when Stephanie Barnes, president of the Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® (GFBOR), was on a field trip with her...
This is another update of a re-post which will introduce you to the resources NAR provides to REALTOR® associations to help them become engaged in placemaking projects in their communities. The first several posts introduced you to this thing...


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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Smart Growth

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