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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. 18.5% 33
I work downtown. 21.9% 39
Shopping/dining/entertainment 72.5% 129
Other 14.6% 26

Generally, what is your experience with street performers downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
Very positive 46.6% 83
Mostly positive 36.5% 65
Neutral 7.3% 13
Generally negative 4.5% 8
Very negative 2.8% 5
Other 2.2% 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 3.9% 7
2 4.5% 8
3 6.2% 11
4 19.1% 34
5 65.7% 117
CD or merchandise sales
Response Percent Response Count
1 43.8% 78
2 21.9% 39
3 22.5% 40
4 5.6% 10
5 3.9% 7
It’s a reason itself to come downtown.
Response Percent Response Count
1 20.2% 36
2 13.5% 24
3 24.7% 44
4 17.4% 31
5 23.0% 41
Positive impacts on businesses
Response Percent Response Count
1 14.6% 26
2 10.1% 18
3 30.3% 54
4 25.3% 45
5 18.5% 33
Create sense of community
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.3% 13
2 5.6% 10
3 10.1% 18
4 26.4% 47
5 49.4% 88

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 37.6% 67
2 23.0% 41
3 15.2% 27
4 9.6% 17
5 14.6% 26
CDs or merchandise sales
Response Percent Response Count
1 65.2% 116
2 12.4% 22
3 9.0% 16
4 2.8% 5
5 10.1% 18
They are a reason to avoid downtown.
Response Percent Response Count
1 80.3% 143
2 7.9% 14
3 2.8% 5
4 3.4% 6
5 5.1% 9
Safety concerns
Response Percent Response Count
1 66.3% 118
2 14.6% 26
3 9.6% 17
4 3.4% 6
5 5.1% 9

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

Answered
96
Skipped
82

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

Response Percent Response Count
There are too many. 14.0% 24
There are just the right amount. 64.3% 110
I would like to see less in ___________ area, because ___________________ 4.7% 8
I would like to see more in ___________ area, because ___________________ 17.0% 29

Which areas would you like to see more?

Answered
79
Skipped
99

Which areas would you like to see less?

Answered
70
Skipped
108

What are your thoughts on street performers selling merchandise downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
Appropriate at designated locations (similar to pushcart program) 21.8% 38
Should be in association with a street performance permit 36.2% 63
Should be allowed everywhere 25.3% 44
Other 16.7% 29

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

Answered
78
Skipped
100

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

Answered
84
Skipped
94

Any additional feedback?

Answered
37
Skipped
141
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September 24, 2017, 9:14 PM
  • What brings you downtown? (select all that apply)
    • Shopping/dining/entertainment
    • Other - Visitor from out-of-state
  • Generally, what is your experience with street performers downtown?
    • Very positive
  • In what ways do street performers enhance your experience downtown? (1=not important, 5=very important)?
    • They create an inviting/unique/vibrant downtown environment. - 5
    • It’s a reason itself to come downtown. - 5
    • Positive impacts on businesses - 5
    • Create sense of community - 5
  • In what ways do street performers detract from your experience downtown? (1=not important, 5=very important)?
    • Blocking the sidewalk - 1
    • CDs or merchandise sales - 1
    • They are a reason to avoid downtown. - 1
    • Safety concerns - 1
  • Are there other ways street performers detract from your experience downtown?
    Leading question
  • What are your thoughts on the amount of street performances happening downtown?
    • I would like to see more in ___________ area, because ___________________
  • Which areas would you like to see more?
    In the past 7 years it appears that busking has diminished in downtown Asheville.
  • Which areas would you like to see less?
    No response.
  • What are your thoughts on street performers selling merchandise downtown?
    • Should be allowed everywhere
  • Are there things that the street performers might consider that would enhance your experience?
    No response.
  • Are there issues related to street performances that the City should be considering that are not being addressed?
    Yes! The city needs to stop catering to the interests of business and instead promote culture by allowing street performances to flourish. Regulations will destroy the culture that has been attracting people to visit and enjoy this city in the first place. Do not regulate. Do not permit. Do not create litmus tests. Permanently close Wall St. to cars. Close other streets like Haywood after 5PM.
  • Any additional feedback?
    Asheville risks undermining its success and vitality by attacking the street performing culture. Regulations and bogus rules will hurt people trying to make a livelihood and those who enjoy the performances. We vacation in Asheville multiple times a year, in large part because we enjoy the busking. The city is putting the needs of business first and is attempting to stifle the culture in order to make the city look "cleaner" for wealthy people. This is part of a larger gentrification in Asheville and coincides with the rise of the large hotels and condos in downtown. Asheville will hurt itself in the long-run if the city government erodes the street performing culture.
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They create an inviting/unique/vibrant downtown environment.
CD or merchandise sales
It’s a reason itself to come downtown.
Positive impacts on businesses
Create sense of community
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Blocking the sidewalk
CDs or merchandise sales
They are a reason to avoid downtown.
Safety concerns
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