If you build it, they might not come, especially if they don’t know about it or how to get there. Your community may have some great public spaces and places to visit but without good signage people may never get to enjoy them.
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) suggests that good signage provides effective information and direction for people to find their way around a downtown, a...
Placemaking is defined in many ways. For the National Association of Realtors, we look at placemaking as a way to transform an unused or underutilized public space into a vibrant gathering place for the community.
I just read a short article posted by the Penn State Extension...
Public art, especially work created by local artists, is a creative amenity to add to public spaces to enliven them and reflect the community’s culture.
“Art can bring beauty and hope into public spaces and transform people’s perception. Moving art out of the museum and making it free to everyone opens up a flow of ideas and a sense of belonging.” Ellen Ryan, program director for...
The National Association of REALTORS® is not the only source of funding for your placemaking project. There is a broad range of philanthropic interests who are continuing to integrate placemaking efforts with innovative grant making programs.
Below is a description of each of these organizations and the programs they have designed in order to support multi-sector and community-based...
Written by David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director, ioby.org
This post is a collaboration between ioby and the National Association of Realtors: two different organizations with a shared interest in the value of neighborhood placemaking.
What do ioby and the National Association of Realtors have in common? More than you...
In many urban areas, especially in lower-income neighborhoods, there are no places for kids to play. One in five children do not have access to a nearby playground or park. And, forget about walking to a park or open space as that is not a reality. See: Can You Walk to a Park...
Written by Erin Corry, Government Affairs Coordinator, West Volusia Association of REALTORS
Every year, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) gives back to their community by supporting local organizations through volunteering. This year, YPN decided to get involved in a big way and participated in a joint project between the city and local...
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to walk to park in your neighborhood? Not only are parks great places to visit but surveys have shown that people desire them, as well as open spaces, and want them to be close to where they live. Other research shows that parks promote public health and help to revitalize local economies.
Well, I guess it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room that sometimes comes up in the planning of a placemaking project. Yes, if you build it they may come, but will everyone who comes be welcomed?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio caused quite an uproar when he proposed the idea of tearing up a pedestrian plaza in Times Square. His statement was the culmination of several...
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.