Smart Growth Program
Placemaking resources from NAR and around the web.
Eight inspiring examples of placemaking around the U.S.
Five examples of REALTORS® and REALTOR associations® engaging in placemaking.
An outline to beginning work on placemaking projects in your community.
Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone, but it can help to have a REALTOR® Association or an individual REALTOR® take the lead.
Public spaces could be a city's most underutilized and potentially valuable assets.
In evaluating thousands of public spaces around the world, the Project for Public Spaces has found successful places have four qualities in common.
Placemaking is a relatively new term but it reflects a traditional and conventional concept: it is an old idea made new again.
Find answers to who owns the water beneath or bordering a property, withdrawing water from your property, accessing more water resources, and other water-related issues.
How water security regulations and initiatives have changed since 9/11.
Growing metropolitan areas are worried about meeting their water supply needs. Here’s a look at some solutions different communities are trying.
According to many concerned with future water supply, we need to pay close attention to climate change projections.
Many who work with water supply issues say if we’re worried about an adequate water supply now or in the future, we should look first to conservation.
Regulation of water and water rights, says real estate professional Linda Romer Todd, “gets very, very complicated.”
The United States needs to come up with a lot of money to maintain and repair water infrastructure.
This online toolkit will offer resources to REALTORS® who must answer buyers’ questions about water infrastructure and who want to offer an informed voice about water issues in their local communities.
REALTORS® support improving mobility in communities so that all citizens have access to transportation means best suited to their needs.
Find answers to your questions about transportation, including how roads and public transit are funded and what effect they have on real estate.
Transportation demand management (TDM) programs have been around as major components of urban transportation systems since the 1970s and a significant body of knowledge has been built over this time.
“Induced travel demand” is the additional travel and traffic generated by improvements in transportation capacity and service levels. Governments should take induced travel into account in transportation planning.
An exploration of the factors and conditions affecting the development potential and property values of real estate near public transit.
As America’s transportation system runs low on money, one way to bridge the gap between needs and available funds is through public-private partnerships (PPPs).
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a term that addresses future demand for roads through six categories.
Cities looking to lessen congestion on their highways are increasingly considering high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes as a way to solve traffic issues, reduce air pollution, and increase transportation budgets.
“Complete streets” refers to the concept that roads should meet everyone’s needs, not just motorists but also walkers, bicycle riders, and bus riders.
Transportation infrastructure is drawing significant attention from the new administration. President Obama’s first major legislative effort, the economic stimulus bill, allocated nearly $50 billion to transportation projects.
At President Obama’s request, Congress has appropriated more than $10 billion for the construction of new intercity rail lines. Economic studies suggest that these new trains could increase real estate values.
Responding to Americans’ changing preferences, developers are helping transform the way cities grow with projects huddled near transit hubs.
For many years, families with lower incomes have moved farther from city centers to find affordable housing. But the recent spike in gas prices has brought national attention to the cost of transportation to and from these distant neighborhoods.
With the six-year federal transportation spending bill up for renewal this year, major changes could be in the offing.
With Americans seeking out new forms of transportation in congested urban areas, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is emerging as a relative.ly low-cost alternative.
Light rail systems are trains that are lighter and shorter than commuter rail or heavy rail systems.
The 2009 Growth and Transportation Survey, sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS® and Transportation America, asked Americans how their communities are handling development, how development affects them, and how the transportation
REALTORS® recognize the impact that quality education makes in every aspect of society.
The REALTORS® Code of Ethics commits members of the REALTOR® organization to providing equal professional service without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, disability (handicap), familial stat
In 2010, the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR) in South Carolina was faced with a difficult decision. Should they support tax increases to fund infrastructure improvements to local schools?
The Washoe County School District, which serves Reno/Sparks and the surrounding area in Nevada, faces some tough challenges--including the threat of budget cuts during the 2011 legislative session and low graduation rates and proficiency levels in
In 2010, the public education committee of the MetroTex Association of REALTORS®--which has a long history of supporting area schools--established a grant program to fund special projects at area public elementary, middle, and high schools and
There’s a national movement afoot to get more kids to walk and bike to school--and the momentum just keeps building. The reasons are clear.
For many teachers, the cost of owning a home or even renting an apartment near the schools where they work is nearly impossible because of the mismatch between teacher salaries and the high cost of housing.
It all started when a school principal invited a few representatives of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® to tour a single local elementary school.
Since 2001, the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS® has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors to help them defray the cost of attending college.
There are 14,000 school boards around the country--and there’s no greater commitment a REALTOR® can make to improving public education than serving on one of them.
Cosponsored by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the School of the Future Design Competition is a nationwide program that encourages middle schoolers to learn ab
There are nearly 50 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
When the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into space in 1957, reactions among political leaders in the United States ran the gamut from outrage to indifference.
When KIPP DIAMOND Academy opened in 2002 the new charter school leased a handful of classrooms along two corridors in an existing public middle school in a gritty North Memphis neighborhood.
Based on national averages, a teacher’s starting salary is about $39,000 a year; retiring teachers average $67,000. For many of them, that puts the prospect of home ownership out of reach.
In 2011, like thousands of other U.S. schools, Fairfield Senior High School in suburban Cincinnati was facing a budget crisis.
In 2009, NJN Public Television and Radio produced a documentary, Green Builders, spotlighting four pioneering green building projects. One was a school--the Willow School in Gladstone, New Jersey.