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The City of Asheville is seeking your feedback on downtown street performances.


What brings you downtown? (select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
I live downtown. 18.0% 31
I work downtown. 22.7% 39
Shopping/dining/entertainment 73.3% 126
Other 13.4% 23

Generally, what is your experience with street performers downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
Very positive 46.5% 80
Mostly positive 36.6% 63
Neutral 7.6% 13
Generally negative 4.1% 7
Very negative 2.9% 5
Other 2.3% 4

In what ways do street performers enhance your experience downtown? (1=not important, 5=very important)?

They create an inviting/unique/vibrant downtown environment.
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.1% 7
2 4.1% 7
3 6.4% 11
4 19.8% 34
5 65.1% 112
CD or merchandise sales
Response Percent Response Count
1 44.8% 77
2 21.5% 37
3 23.3% 40
4 5.2% 9
5 3.5% 6
It’s a reason itself to come downtown.
Response Percent Response Count
1 20.3% 35
2 14.0% 24
3 25.0% 43
4 18.0% 31
5 21.5% 37
Positive impacts on businesses
Response Percent Response Count
1 14.5% 25
2 9.9% 17
3 30.8% 53
4 26.2% 45
5 17.4% 30
Create sense of community
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.0% 12
2 5.8% 10
3 9.3% 16
4 26.7% 46
5 50.0% 86

In what ways do street performers detract from your experience downtown? (1=not important, 5=very important)?

Blocking the sidewalk
Response Percent Response Count
1 37.2% 64
2 23.3% 40
3 15.7% 27
4 9.9% 17
5 14.0% 24
CDs or merchandise sales
Response Percent Response Count
1 65.1% 112
2 12.2% 21
3 9.3% 16
4 2.9% 5
5 9.9% 17
They are a reason to avoid downtown.
Response Percent Response Count
1 80.8% 139
2 7.6% 13
3 2.9% 5
4 3.5% 6
5 4.7% 8
Safety concerns
Response Percent Response Count
1 66.3% 114
2 14.5% 25
3 9.9% 17
4 3.5% 6
5 4.7% 8

Are there other ways street performers detract from your experience downtown?

Answered
91
Skipped
81

What are your thoughts on the amount of street performances happening downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
There are too many. 13.9% 23
There are just the right amount. 66.1% 109
I would like to see less in ___________ area, because ___________________ 4.8% 8
I would like to see more in ___________ area, because ___________________ 15.2% 25

Which areas would you like to see more?

Answered
74
Skipped
98

Which areas would you like to see less?

Answered
66
Skipped
106

What are your thoughts on street performers selling merchandise downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
Appropriate at designated locations (similar to pushcart program) 22.6% 38
Should be in association with a street performance permit 36.3% 61
Should be allowed everywhere 25.6% 43
Other 15.5% 26

Are there things that the street performers might consider that would enhance your experience?

Answered
75
Skipped
97

Are there issues related to street performances that the City should be considering that are not being addressed?

Answered
81
Skipped
91

Any additional feedback?

Answered
34
Skipped
138
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September 20, 2017, 11:20 AM
  • What brings you downtown? (select all that apply)
    • Shopping/dining/entertainment
  • Generally, what is your experience with street performers downtown?
    • Generally negative
  • In what ways do street performers enhance your experience downtown? (1=not important, 5=very important)?
    • They create an inviting/unique/vibrant downtown environment. - 2
    • CD or merchandise sales - 1
    • It’s a reason itself to come downtown. - 1
    • Positive impacts on businesses - 1
    • Create sense of community - 2
  • In what ways do street performers detract from your experience downtown? (1=not important, 5=very important)?
    • Blocking the sidewalk - 5
    • CDs or merchandise sales - 5
    • They are a reason to avoid downtown. - 5
    • Safety concerns - 3
  • Are there other ways street performers detract from your experience downtown?
    They give downtown a shabby look, in addition to impeding traffic. They do not add "cachet" to Asheville. Having beggars on the sidewalk is undesirable. The fact that the beggars are playing instruments does not change the fact they are beggars.
  • What are your thoughts on the amount of street performances happening downtown?
    • There are too many.
  • Which areas would you like to see more?
    Have designated, off-sidewalk areas for buskers that are highlighted for tourists, like in specific, marked, grassy areas of Pack Square park. There needs to be adequate space for people to comfortably gather to listen/watch.
  • Which areas would you like to see less?
    On the sidewalks of core of the AVL tourist AVL areas--i.e., Haywood St., Wall St., Battery Pk. Ave., Broadway, Patton Lexington and College.
  • What are your thoughts on street performers selling merchandise downtown?
    • Appropriate at designated locations (similar to pushcart program)
  • Are there things that the street performers might consider that would enhance your experience?
    See above. Many are scruffy looking and of limited talent. If we are going to present music, it should be performaces that reflect best on our city.
  • Are there issues related to street performances that the City should be considering that are not being addressed?
    If buskers are desired by downtown merchants, perhaps they should be encouraged to offer their non-sidewalk spaces for performers of their choosing.
  • Any additional feedback?
    No response.
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