Guides, Publications, and Information

Better Block Guide is an overview of Better Block, process that empowers communities and their leaders to reshape the built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods,  to help you, along with your partners, to plan and organize a Better Block.

Main Street® Downtown Assessment How-To Guide is a how-to guide to conduct a Downtown Assessment which provides an on-site analysis of the challenges, issues and opportunities in a community to help revitalize its downtown or commercial district.

Placemaking Toolkit offers REALTORS® and state and local association staff details of Placemaking, the kinds of projects placemaking entails, how to organize them, and where to go for assistance and resources.

On Common Ground Magazine Published twice a year (May and November), On Common Ground presents a wide range of views on smart growth issues, with the goal of encouraging a dialogue among REALTORS, elected officials and other stakeholders.

Smart Growth Toolkit contains inspirational strategies and resources to help REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations develop a deeper role in guiding their community’s development and growth through smart land use and transportation choices.

Walkable Community Resources A walkable community is one where residents can walk, bike or take public transit (light rail, trolleys and/or buses) to grocery stores, shops, schools, work, cafes, markets, playgrounds and parks. Walkable communities have a mix of housing types as well as mixed-use buildings that combine residential, office, and retail.


Community and Transportation Preference Survey A biennial survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® to gain valuable information about consumer’s preferences toward transportation, housing and smart growth.

Transit and Property Values National Association of REALTORS® and the American Public Transit Association Study Impact of Transit on Property Values.

Questions? Contact Hugh Morris,, 202-383-1278