Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live and work by transforming public spaces into vibrant community places. As a place becomes more desirable and welcoming, properties around that place increase in value.
Turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market. Attracting people to a little-used park to gather, play or listen to music. Brightening up an otherwise drab courtyard or vacant lot. Envisioning how a block can be revitalized. This is Placemaking.
Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community but what is often needed is someone to take the lead or initiative. Who better to do this than a REALTOR® Association or REALTOR®, as REALTORS® are already engaged in their communities and know the neighborhoods and the properties, and are likely to know where to focus efforts to improve a place.
NAR’s Placemaking program provides technical and financial assistance to help REALTOR® associations, and their members, initiate placemaking activities in their community. The centerpiece is a guide on placemaking but also includes a series of webinars, a blog, and a grant.
- Placemaking for REALTOR® Associations
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.
- Space to Places
Spaces to Places is our blog that details what Placemaking is and how to get started; describes the various types of Placemaking and discusses Placemaking in action across the country, including within the REALTOR® Community. Take a look and start making changes in your community.
Our Placemaking Webinar Series provides more in depth information on the various types of Placemaking and how REALTORS® are involved in Placemaking activities in their communities. See upcoming webinars and listen to past webinars which have been recorded.
- Better Block Guide for Associations
An overview of what a Better Block is and information, via the main steps, to help you, along with your partners, to plan and organize a Better Block
Funding for Placemaking projects is available to state and local REALTOR® associations.
Placemaking Micro-Grant: To fund "lighter quicker cheaper" projects that improve a neighborhood with small, inexpensive, incremental placemaking projects which will help to make the neighborhood a better place to live, work and play.
Smart Growth Action Grant: For larger Placemaking activities, such as Better Block and Main Street®, which support land-use related activities.
For more information on Placemaking contact Holly Moskerintz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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