Community Programs

This is an updated repost from 2015.   Please note that while NAR's Placemaking Grant does fund community gardens, the gardens need to be multi-functional spaces whereby anyone in the community can enjoy it as a destination.   So don't forget to include amenities like walking paths, seating, educational signage, etc.

Could your community benefit from having a vacant or overgrown space...

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts to date, you’ve probably thought of at least one site in your community that would be a good candidate for a placemaking project. But if you still can’t identify a site, you may want to take a look at any vacant lots or spaces as there is a good chance that they can be transformed into people-friendly places for the community to gather.

Vacant...

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.

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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...

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