Written by Evan Goldin, CEO, Parkade
The idea behind parklets is to create a spot that allows people to stop, sit, and rest while purposing former car-parking spaces for a community gathering place.
Written by Matt Norris, Director, Building Healthy Places, Urban Land Institute
85 percent of U.S. residents identify proximity to parks, playgrounds, open space, or recreation centers as an important factor in deciding where to live.
Written by Ali Taylor, Association Executive Coeur d’Alene Association of REALTORS®
The President of the Coeur d’Alene Association of REALTORS® knew she wanted to do something on the behalf of the Association that would make an impact on a community and that would last into perpetuity. So, the Association decided to use NAR’s placemaking grant to build a storybook trail.
Written by Heather Tenney, Vice President of Member Services, Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®
The Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) used NAR’s Placemaking grant to landscape two areas of a dog park inside the East Bay Park in the City of Georgetown, SC.
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.
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.