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Placemaking Toolkit Resources

Placemaking resources from NAR and around the web.

Placemaking in Action: Community and Public/Private Placemaking

Eight inspiring examples of placemaking around the U.S.

Placemaking in Action: REALTORS® Making Places

Five examples of REALTORS® and REALTOR associations® engaging in placemaking.

Steps to Get Started

An outline to beginning work on placemaking projects in your community.

REALTORS® Can Take the Lead

Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone, but it can help to have a REALTOR® Association or an individual REALTOR® take the lead.

Overview: Placemaking and Public Spaces

Public spaces could be a city's most underutilized and potentially valuable assets.

Overview: What Makes a Great Place

In evaluating thousands of public spaces around the world, the Project for Public Spaces has found successful places have four qualities in common.

Overview: Placemaking Toolkit

Placemaking is a relatively new term but it reflects a traditional and conventional concept: it is an old idea made new again.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Infrastructure

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. 

Water Security and Preparedness

How water security regulations and initiatives have changed since 9/11.

New Water Sources

Growing metropolitan areas are worried about meeting their water supply needs. Here’s a look at some solutions different communities are trying.

Climate Change and Water Supply

According to many concerned with future water supply, we need to pay close attention to climate change projections.

Water Conservation

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.

The Regulatory Environment

Regulation of water and water rights, says real estate professional Linda Romer Todd, “gets very, very complicated.”

Financing Water Infrastructure

The United States needs to come up with a lot of money to maintain and repair water infrastructure.

Introduction: Water Infrastructure Toolkit

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.

NAR Official Policy on Transportation

REALTORS® support improving mobility in communities so that all citizens have access to transportation means best suited to their needs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Transportation

Find answers to your questions about transportation, including how roads and public transit are funded and what effect they have on real estate.

Practical Applications of Transportation Demand Management

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.

Good Transportation Policy Accounts for Induced Demand

“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.

Public Transportation Boosts Property Values

An exploration of the factors and conditions affecting the development potential and property values of real estate near public transit.

Public/Private Partnerships

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).

Managing Transportation Demand

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a term that addresses future demand for roads through six categories.

High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes

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 for All Travelers

“Complete streets” refers to the concept that roads should meet everyone’s needs, not just motorists but also walkers, bicycle riders, and bus riders.

The Federal Government Increases Commitment to Better Roads and Transit

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.

Federal Stimulus Will Boost Inter-City Rail 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.

Developers Build Walkable Neighborhoods Around Transit

Responding to Americans’ changing preferences, developers are helping transform the way cities grow with projects huddled near transit hubs.

Transportation Costs Can Wipe Out Housing Savings

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.

The Federal Transportation Program: NAR Adopts a Policy Position

With the six-year federal transportation spending bill up for renewal this year, major changes could be in the offing.

Bus Rapid Transit Offers a Fast, Low-Cost Alternative

With Americans seeking out new forms of transportation in congested urban areas, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is emerging as a low-cost alternative.

Fast-Growing Light Rail Adds to Transportation Choices

Light rail systems are trains that are lighter and shorter than commuter rail or heavy rail systems.

Survey Reveals That the Public Wants More Options for Mass Transportation

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

NAR Official Policy on Public Education

REALTORS® recognize the impact that quality education makes in every aspect of society.

Steering, Schools, and Equal Professional Service

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

Advocate for a Local School Issue

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?

Volunteer in Schools--and for 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

Support Innovative Projects That Improve Schools

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

Organize a Walk/Bike to School

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.

Explore Housing Programs that Support Teachers

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.

Read, Teach, and Mentor in Your Community

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.

Provide Scholarships For Local Students

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.

Serve on a School Board

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.

Participate in the School of the Future Design Competition

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

How Schools are Funded

There are nearly 50 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

Federal Education Programs: The Politics of Reform

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.

Charter Schools: Are They Achieving Results?

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.

Teachers Living Where They Work

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.

Walkability and Safe Routes to School

In 2011, like thousands of other U.S. schools, Fairfield Senior High School in suburban Cincinnati was facing a budget crisis.

The Benefits of Green Schools

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.