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Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 27, 2017, 12:47 PM

Which places make the Gainesville community redevelopment areas unique?
Pin at 29.642969, -82.322788, Pin at 29.649682, -82.326865, Pin at 29.65591, -82.328196, Pin at 29.646288, -82.320685


Do you think any of the CRA districts have been fully and successfully redeveloped? Why or why not?
All are in the process of being properly redeveloped though I fear that the midtown area will be priced out of reach for most local businesses.


How well do you think the CRA communicates its projects, impact and mission to the community?
Very well


What is your age?
35-44 years old


Do you live within one of the CRA districts?
Yes, Eastside

Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 27, 2017, 9:50 AM

Which places make the Gainesville community redevelopment areas unique?
Pin at 29.651211, -82.324483 (Small walkable Downtown), Pin at 29.644386, -82.323024 (Depot Park is a wonderful green space for downtown Gainesville), Pin at 29.651845, -82.303927 (The potential for east Gainesville is huge for bringing employment and retail - bring in more businesses like a COSTCO!! )


Do you think any of the CRA districts have been fully and successfully redeveloped? Why or why not?
Successful in individual projects. As a whole, connected all the improvements for an overall experience - still needs improvements.


What would you like the Gainesville CRA to do better?
Again, connecting all areas. I think citizens stay in only the improved area and not walk from one area to the next awesome area. I stress the connection in between - bring in art to use this as a connecting element.


How well do you think the CRA communicates its projects, impact and mission to the community?
Moderately well


Anything else you'd like to add?
Retail businesses, Public Art, and a great downtown map for citizens/ visitors would greatly improve the Gainesville experience!


What is your age?
35-44 years old


Do you live within one of the CRA districts?
No

Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 17, 2017, 3:18 PM

Anything else you'd like to add?
I believe that the idea behind the CRA is fantastic. I believe that more people should know about the organization. Additionally student involvement could be very useful as they make up a large part of the community. Visiting campus to ask for input and share/advertise projects the organization is working on could spark valuable discussion and increase interest in the work that's being done among young citizens of the city.


What is your age?
18-24 years old


Do you live within one of the CRA districts?
No

Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 15, 2017, 1:54 PM

Which places make the Gainesville community redevelopment areas unique?
Pin at 29.675078, -82.287941, Pin at 29.640768, -82.26923, Pin at 29.612864, -82.299614, Pin at 29.613461, -82.291203, Pin at 29.64778, -82.327852, Pin at 29.65509, -82.318668, Pin at 29.655836, -82.328711


Do you think any of the CRA districts have been fully and successfully redeveloped? Why or why not?
Yes


What would you like the Gainesville CRA to do better?
Support local retail, boutique, market opportunities in Gainesville.


How well do you think the CRA communicates its projects, impact and mission to the community?
Not very well at all


What is your age?
35-44 years old


Do you live within one of the CRA districts?
Yes, Eastside

Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 9, 2017, 10:19 AM

Which places make the Gainesville community redevelopment areas unique?
Pin at 29.642409, -82.323269


What would you like the Gainesville CRA to do better?
Keep in touch with those that express interest.


How well do you think the CRA communicates its projects, impact and mission to the community?
Slightly well


What is your age?
Prefer not to say


Do you live within one of the CRA districts?
No

Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 7, 2017, 4:32 PM

Do you think any of the CRA districts have been fully and successfully redeveloped? Why or why not?
N/A


What would you like the Gainesville CRA to do better?
N/A


Anything else you'd like to add?
N/A

Name not shown outside CRA Districts November 7, 2017, 3:03 PM

Which places make the Gainesville community redevelopment areas unique?
Pin at 29.651202, -82.321544 (Schools, libraries, and those spaces normally carved out of your districts are what make them special. Give the character and add value to the community if not the tax base.)


Do you think any of the CRA districts have been fully and successfully redeveloped? Why or why not?
Yes. University and Downtown Districts should be sunset and allow all residents to benefit from their future taxation.


What would you like the Gainesville CRA to do better?
Be more selfless. You pursue awards and promote yourselves far to much. Be more like Public Works, GRU, or county Libraries.


How well do you think the CRA communicates its projects, impact and mission to the community?
Not very well at all


What is your age?
35-44 years old


Do you live within one of the CRA districts?
No

Kayla Sosnow inside Gainesville March 28, 2017, 10:48 PM

What is your connection to this Northwest Urban Core Area?
Resident of the area


In a few words, what do you like best about your neighborhood?
Down to earth neighbors.
Local business character of 6th St.


Which of the following terms best describe the features of your neighborhood?
Safe, Quiet, Quality schools, Good neighbors, Close to “everything”


How strong do you think the sense of community is in your neighborhood regarding major local issues?
Somewhat strong


What do you think is the most important issue facing your community right now?
The development of the Koppers site.
Inability to bike safely due to lack of bike lanes/paths on NW 23rd Ave and NW 6th St.


Have you personally felt affected or inconvenienced by any of the following issues in your community recently?
Limited park access, Traffic that’s overwhelming, Unsafe biking, Too much growth


Overall, how would you describe your community’s general trend?
Thriving


What one thing do you think would improve your community over the next five years?
BOTH BIKE PATHS AROUND KOPPERS! The regional connector on the east side, and the neighborhood connector on the south and west sides.


What community amenities do you think need the most attention right now?
Bike lanes, Parks, Traffic improvements, Environmental clean-up, Other - We need a neighborliness revolution at the street level, to know each other better, be more friendly, and able to count on each other.


What do you think is the biggest roadblock stopping or slowing meeting these needs or issues?
I am not sure the City Commission and/or City staff have the willingness to devote the attention and resources necessary to achieve what our neighborhood wants and needs.


How proud are you to say you live in your community?
Very proud


If your family member, friend, or coworker wanted to move to your community and asked your advice, would you recommend they should do it?
Yes


Do you have any other comments you would like to share?
Stephen Foster is a great neighborhood, but infrastructure issues limit our social interaction and keep us isolated from one another.

1. 6th St is a barrier that bisects our neighborhood. Traffic has increased exponentially over the 13 years I've owned here. It takes drivers a long wait to turn left onto 6th Street, and crossing 6th by foot involves a much longer wait followed by a frantic run. Biking on 6th St is similarly nerve-wracking.

Perhaps crosswalks with some signals need to be considered. Or a bridge or tunnel like 13th St has. Anything that gets more people out walking and biking around will improve the health and friendliness of our neighborhood, and connect those of us east of 6th St to those of us west.

Stephen Foster could be a world class neighborhood, combining the safe, quiet, relaxing atmosphere of a suburb, with the convenience of easy access to urban shopping and amenities, with some work to our infrastructure.

Also a road diet for 6th St, with one lane heading north, one lane heading south, a turn lane in the middle, and bike lanes on the sides. This change worked well on Main St. Adding bike lanes worked well on NW 8th Ave and NW 16th Ave as well.

Cars rarely ride next to each other; they ride staggered. They could be staggered the same way in one lane. The cars would be closer together, and research shows they arrive in the same time.

2. If a bike/walk path is added to the west side of Koppers, that will facilitate connection between folks who live on the dead-end streets (26th - 30th,) as well as between us and our neighbors to the north.

Please keep in mind that all the residents of Stephen Foster west of 6th St will need some rational, easy way to bike or walk across 6th St in order to access the future bike paths on Koppers, and access the 6th St rail trail to downtown.

Robert Pearce inside Gainesville March 27, 2017, 4:59 PM

What is your connection to this Northwest Urban Core Area?
Resident of the area, Landowner in the area


In a few words, what do you like best about your neighborhood?
Eclectic, Varied socio-economic demographic, Worthy of efforts to improve,


Which of the following terms best describe the features of your neighborhood?
Good neighbors, Diverse, Close to “everything”, Mix of housing options


How strong do you think the sense of community is in your neighborhood regarding major local issues?
Somewhat strong


What do you think is the most important issue facing your community right now?
Negative image associated with the Cabot/Koppers Site


Have you personally felt affected or inconvenienced by any of the following issues in your community recently?
Poor roads/paving, Unsafe biking, Worry about property values, Businesses closing, Concern about community’s future


Overall, how would you describe your community’s general trend?
Holding its own


What one thing do you think would improve your community over the next five years?
Designation as a Redevelopment District


What community amenities do you think need the most attention right now?
Bike lanes, Economic development, Drainage improvements, Redevelopment/addressing blight, Better or new stores/restaurants


What do you think is the biggest roadblock stopping or slowing meeting these needs or issues?
Sprawl is depleting/redirecting city resources


How proud are you to say you live in your community?
Mostly proud


If your family member, friend, or coworker wanted to move to your community and asked your advice, would you recommend they should do it?
Yes

Name not shown inside Gainesville March 17, 2017, 9:52 PM

What is your connection to this Northwest Urban Core Area?
Resident of the area, Landowner in the area


In a few words, what do you like best about your neighborhood?
Close to downtown while far enough away, near businesses I like to support, including Eastside establishments like Satchels, Wards, Curia and Public & General, relatively quiet, primarily residential, though more permanent residents with a long-term stake in the neighborhood would be great


Which of the following terms best describe the features of your neighborhood?
Safe, Quiet, Good neighbors, Diverse, Close to “everything”


How strong do you think the sense of community is in your neighborhood regarding major local issues?
Somewhat strong


What do you think is the most important issue facing your community right now?
Recovering from the stigma of Koppers and the SuperFund label, which has yet to really be addressed beyond eye-candy of paved roads and a few yards resurfaced.


Have you personally felt affected or inconvenienced by any of the following issues in your community recently?
Lack of sidewalks, Limited park access, Unsafe biking, Environmental concerns, Worry about property values


Overall, how would you describe your community’s general trend?
Slightly declining


What one thing do you think would improve your community over the next five years?
Revitalizing the area by somehow transforming Koppers into a safe and environmentally clean area, not a toxic waste dump.


What community amenities do you think need the most attention right now?
Sidewalks, Bike lanes, Parks, Environmental clean-up, Drainage improvements


What do you think is the biggest roadblock stopping or slowing meeting these needs or issues?
Bike lanes require a dedication to the cause. Claiming 6th as a lane that bikes can use is much different than dedicating a lane and providing barriers to encourage riding and ensure safety. Gainesville drivers (including myself) are not yet in the mindframe to "coexist" with bikers. Koppers cleanup should be obvious, but until it is done, it will continue to plague the neighborhood, hurt its property values, and impede the desire for families to move here. I have known of houses for sale in the neighborhood that have fit friends' criteria perfectly, but they run when they discover its SuperFund designation (a designation that was HIDDEN from me when I purchased our home).


How proud are you to say you live in your community?
Mostly proud


If your family member, friend, or coworker wanted to move to your community and asked your advice, would you recommend they should do it?
Yes


Do you have any other comments you would like to share?
Hopefully this is a sincere inquiry and not a perfunctory survey prior to turning the Koppers site into another industrial location that will only make the neighborhood less desirable than it already is. I love this neighborhood because it is not burdened with the suburban identity crisis and has not sunk into urban blight, but it is challenged by this stigma. If that can be addressed, I have high hopes for its future.