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.
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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