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And the Survey Said!

By Mary Frederick, president, Woodland Drives Neighborhood Assoc.

The results are in! We still have some data crunching to do (which Richard Hopkins on Camellia has offered his crunching expertise) but the FSU Community Development class, headed up by Dr. Andrew Aurand of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, did a wonderful job of surveying and reporting the survey results. What I liked particularly about the survey results is the class wove U.S. Census findings into it, making it even more useful.

Out of approximately 450 households, 112 returned a survey—constituting a response rate of around 25%. I’m no statistician but I think that’s a very good response rate. That being said, the following results are based on responses. In other words, the survey results shouldn’t be considered a hard and true representation of the neighborhood.

I could write a book about the results. But I thought I’d share some of the highlights here:

Real Estate Trends

  • Turnover in the neighborhood has remained fairly low and stable over the past two decades, although our survey indicates a possible recent decline. In 1990, 33.3% of householders had lived in the same house for over twenty years (U.S. Census Bureau, 1990). In 2000, 39.3% of householders had lived in the same house for over twenty years (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). However, in 2011, only 29.1% of our respondents had lived in the same house for over twenty years.

  • 83.8% of respondents expressed that they had no plans to move. This low rate of residential mobility may indicate strong social ties within the neighborhood.

  • Rental units in Woodland Drives have increased as proportion of occupied houses. In 2000, 12.2% of householders rented their homes, up from 4.3% in 1990 (U.S. Census Bureau, 1990, 2000).

Neighborhood Awareness

The survey indicates a very high level of awareness of the neighborhood association.

  • 27.5% of the neighborhood’s households paid dues in 2010; Interestingly, 75.9% of the neighborhood survey respondents were dues-paying members.

  • When residents were asked how well they knew their neighbors, 61.1% chose “moderately well” and 20.4% chose “very well”

  • An impressive 91.7% of respondents reported that they read the neighborhood  newsletter. This includes 97.6% of dues-paying members and 73.1% of the non dues-paying members.

  • Priorities: Neighbors ranked Crime Prevention by a wide margin, followed by beautification, Lafayette St. revitalization and sidewalks.

Aging

  • 31.4% of residents were over the age of 65 in 1990, compared with 31.0% in 2000, and 32.9% in 2011 (U.S. Census Bureau, 1990, 2000).

  • Meanwhile, the proportion of children in the neighborhood appears to have increased substantially. No children under five years-old were documented in the 2000 Census, but our recent survey found that 6.3% of the population consists of children under five.

Safety

  • 50.9% characterized their neighborhood overall as “somewhat safe” while another 31.8% found it to be “safe.” 9.1% found it to be “neither safe nor unsafe” and another 8.2% found it to be “somewhat unsafe.” No respondent characterized our neighborhood as “not safe.”

I’d like to thank all the people who responded to the survey, Dr. Aurand and his class for doing a great job, and neighbor and board representative Mia Shargel for heading up this important project.  


Photos of the neighborhood

The article to the left is just a tip of the survey’s iceberg. You can view more details of the survey's different sections by clicking on the links below.

Paper I: Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Woodland Drives, the preferences of the neighborhood’s current residents, and the potential role that the Woodland Drives Neighborhood Association could play in addressing them.

Paper II:
 Economic Development in the Parkway District (Lafayette Street)

Paper II Appendix: Parkway District Parcel data

Paper Three: Safety, Crime Prevention, and Walkability Woodland Drives Neighborhood Assessment

 

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