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477 registered responses


Where do you live?

Response Percent Response Count
Asheville 80.3% 383
Buncombe County 17.6% 84
In the Western North Carolina region 1.9% 9
Outside of the Western North Carolina region 0.2% 1

If you call Asheville or the region home, which of the following best describes your housing situation?

Response Percent Response Count
I rent a house or apartment. 19.5% 93
I own a house or condominium. 77.5% 369
I am living with family or friends. 2.1% 10
I do not currently have a stable residence. 0.6% 3
Not applicable (I do not live in Asheville or the region.) 0.2% 1

What is your connection with downtown Asheville? (Pick all that apply.)

Response Percent Response Count
I live downtown. 15.5% 74
I work downtown. 36.7% 175
I own a business downtown. 8.8% 42
I visit downtown for restaurants, shopping, entertainment, etc. 80.1% 382
I have not been or have only rarely been downtown. 0.8% 4
I am a visitor to downtown from outside of the region. 0.2% 1
I generally avoid downtown. 8.8% 42
Other 6.5% 31

How often are you in downtown Asheville?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 33.0% 157
Several times a week 33.8% 161
About once a week 19.3% 92
Every few weeks 8.2% 39
About once a month 2.7% 13
Every few months 2.5% 12
Less than once a year 0.4% 2

How do you most often access downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
By foot 16.8% 80
By bicycle 2.7% 13
By personal vehicle 76.5% 364
By ride share services (taxi, Uber, Lyft, carpool) 1.5% 7
By public transportation (ART bus, Mountain Mobility) 0.8% 4
Other 1.7% 8

Please indicate how the following uses of public space generally impact your experience in downtown Asheville. (1 = very negative, 2 = somewhat negative, 3 = neutral, 4 = somewhat positive, 5 = very positive).

Outdoor dining
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.4% 2
2 1.9% 9
3 22.1% 105
4 26.1% 124
5 48.8% 232
Pushcart vendors and outdoor merchandise sales
Response Percent Response Count
1 3.8% 18
2 14.3% 68
3 44.4% 211
4 27.8% 132
5 8.8% 42
Public seating (benches)
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.6% 22
2 7.4% 35
3 25.1% 119
4 30.1% 143
5 32.4% 154
Street performances (busking musicians and performers)
Response Percent Response Count
1 3.4% 16
2 7.4% 35
3 17.3% 82
4 35.4% 168
5 36.4% 173
Trees and shade (street trees)
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.8% 4
2 2.5% 12
3 7.4% 35
4 16.4% 78
5 72.2% 343
Greenery and plantings (planted bulb-outs, medians and planters)
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.6% 3
2 4.0% 19
3 9.7% 46
4 22.5% 107
5 62.7% 298
Special events and festivals
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.1% 10
2 10.9% 52
3 20.2% 96
4 36.4% 173
5 29.9% 142
Entertainment tour vehicles and trolleys
Response Percent Response Count
1 15.8% 75
2 26.3% 125
3 35.6% 169
4 16.4% 78
5 4.8% 23
Newspaper boxes / availability of printed media
Response Percent Response Count
1 5.7% 27
2 10.3% 49
3 49.1% 233
4 22.9% 109
5 11.2% 53
Construction-related closures on streets and sidewalks
Response Percent Response Count
1 36.0% 171
2 39.4% 187
3 20.6% 98
4 1.9% 9
5 1.5% 7
Balconies, awnings or other structures extending into public space above ground
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.1% 10
2 7.8% 37
3 67.8% 322
4 15.6% 74
5 6.3% 30
Business signage (sandwich boards on sidewalks and other signs attached to buildings that protrude)
Response Percent Response Count
1 5.9% 28
2 20.0% 95
3 53.7% 255
4 15.8% 75
5 4.0% 19
Pedestrian wayfinding signage, including kiosks
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.3% 11
2 6.5% 31
3 42.1% 200
4 33.5% 159
5 13.7% 65

Are there other uses that have significant impacts not mentioned or further explanation on a particular response above? Please briefly explain here.

Answered
190
Skipped
287

Please indicate the importance of the following uses of public space for contributing to a positive experience downtown. (1 = not at all important, 2 = not very important, 3 = neutral, 4 = somewhat important, 5 = very important).

Unobstructed sidewalk space for walking and mobility
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.2% 1
2 1.5% 7
3 7.4% 35
4 28.1% 133
5 62.4% 295
Unobstructed roadway for driving
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.0% 19
2 9.3% 44
3 18.8% 89
4 28.8% 136
5 39.1% 185
Unobstructed bike lanes for bicycling
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.9% 23
2 6.1% 29
3 22.6% 107
4 24.3% 115
5 41.9% 198
Transit infrastructure (bus stops and shelters)
Response Percent Response Count
1 3.2% 15
2 5.9% 28
3 20.9% 99
4 29.6% 140
5 40.0% 189
Bike racks
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.2% 20
2 7.0% 33
3 27.3% 129
4 29.2% 138
5 31.7% 150
Trees and shade (street trees)
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.2% 1
2 0.4% 2
3 5.3% 25
4 19.7% 93
5 74.0% 350
Greenery and plantings (planted bulb-outs, medians and planters)
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.8% 4
2 1.7% 8
3 8.9% 42
4 26.6% 126
5 60.9% 288
Larger sidewalk/plaza areas for gathering
Response Percent Response Count
1 0.8% 4
2 4.0% 19
3 17.8% 84
4 33.6% 159
5 43.3% 205
Public seating (benches, parklets, etc.)
Response Percent Response Count
1 1.7% 8
2 3.4% 16
3 15.9% 75
4 35.1% 166
5 43.3% 205
Street and sidewalk lighting
Response Percent Response Count
2 1.9% 9
3 8.9% 42
4 33.6% 159
5 54.5% 258
Restroom facilities
Response Percent Response Count
1 1.9% 9
2 5.3% 25
3 21.6% 102
4 32.8% 155
5 37.6% 178
Availability of structured parking (in garages)
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.7% 13
2 4.0% 19
3 15.2% 72
4 32.1% 152
5 44.8% 212
Availability of on-street parking
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.6% 36
2 9.9% 47
3 20.9% 99
4 27.1% 128
5 33.8% 160
Availability of loading zones
Response Percent Response Count
1 7.8% 37
2 10.6% 50
3 38.3% 181
4 22.8% 108
5 19.5% 92
Ease and availability of ride share services (taxi, Uber, Lyft)
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.7% 22
2 8.7% 41
3 30.2% 143
4 31.1% 147
5 24.5% 116
Public (outdoor) art
Response Percent Response Count
1 2.5% 12
2 3.2% 15
3 9.9% 47
4 35.5% 168
5 48.0% 227
Special events and festivals
Response Percent Response Count
1 3.4% 16
2 6.8% 32
3 23.0% 109
4 35.9% 170
5 30.2% 143
Presence of police officers on foot or bike
Response Percent Response Count
1 5.3% 25
2 4.7% 22
3 20.5% 97
4 31.3% 148
5 38.1% 180
Family-oriented facilities (i.e. Splasheville, playground)
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.4% 21
2 8.5% 40
3 27.7% 131
4 28.5% 135
5 30.7% 145
Youth/young adult facilities (i.e. basketball court, social space)
Response Percent Response Count
1 5.9% 28
2 9.7% 46
3 28.1% 133
4 29.8% 141
5 25.4% 120

Are there other uses that have significant importance not mentioned or further explanation on a particular response above? Please briefly explain here.

Answered
121
Skipped
356

What have you seen or experienced in other cities that could improve our public spaces in downtown Asheville?

Answered
387
Skipped
90

What do you notice about downtown streets or sidewalks that makes you feel more safe?

Answered
349
Skipped
128

What do you notice about streets or sidewalks that makes you feel less safe

Answered
401
Skipped
76

What do you love most about downtown Asheville?

Answered
426
Skipped
51

What is your age?

Response Percent Response Count
Younger than 20 0.4% 2
20-35 14.6% 69
35-50 26.6% 126
50-65 34.4% 163
Above age 65 22.8% 108
Prefer not to answer 1.3% 6

What is your race/ethnicity?

Response Percent Response Count
Asian 0.6% 3
Black/African American 0.8% 4
Hispanic/Latinx 1.9% 9
White/Caucasian 86.9% 411
Other 1.1% 5
Prefer not to answer 8.7% 41

How would you describe your gender identity?

Response Percent Response Count
Female 61.1% 289
Male 33.6% 159
Non-binary 0.6% 3
Other 0.4% 2
Prefer not to answer 4.2% 20

What is your zip code?

Response Percent Response Count
28801 29.4% 139
28802 0.2% 1
28803 12.1% 57
28804 17.3% 82
28805 8.7% 41
28806 18.0% 85
28810 0.2% 1
28815 0.2% 1
28715 3.0% 14
28732 0.4% 2
Other 10.6% 50
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September 23, 2019, 11:03 AM
  • Where do you live?
    • Asheville
  • If you call Asheville or the region home, which of the following best describes your housing situation?
    • I own a house or condominium.
  • What is your connection with downtown Asheville? (Pick all that apply.)
    • I have not been or have only rarely been downtown.
  • How often are you in downtown Asheville?
    • Every few months
  • How do you most often access downtown?
    • By personal vehicle
  • Please indicate how the following uses of public space generally impact your experience in downtown Asheville. (1 = very negative, 2 = somewhat negative, 3 = neutral, 4 = somewhat positive, 5 = very positive).
    • Outdoor dining - 5
    • Pushcart vendors and outdoor merchandise sales - 5
    • Public seating (benches) - 5
    • Street performances (busking musicians and performers) - 4
    • Trees and shade (street trees) - 5
    • Greenery and plantings (planted bulb-outs, medians and planters) - 5
    • Special events and festivals - 5
    • Entertainment tour vehicles and trolleys - 4
    • Newspaper boxes / availability of printed media - 3
    • Construction-related closures on streets and sidewalks - 2
    • Balconies, awnings or other structures extending into public space above ground - 4
    • Business signage (sandwich boards on sidewalks and other signs attached to buildings that protrude) - 2
    • Pedestrian wayfinding signage, including kiosks - 5
  • Are there other uses that have significant impacts not mentioned or further explanation on a particular response above? Please briefly explain here.
    No response.
  • Please indicate the importance of the following uses of public space for contributing to a positive experience downtown. (1 = not at all important, 2 = not very important, 3 = neutral, 4 = somewhat important, 5 = very important).
    • Unobstructed sidewalk space for walking and mobility - 5
    • Unobstructed roadway for driving - 5
    • Unobstructed bike lanes for bicycling - 5
    • Transit infrastructure (bus stops and shelters) - 5
    • Bike racks - 5
    • Trees and shade (street trees) - 5
    • Greenery and plantings (planted bulb-outs, medians and planters) - 5
    • Larger sidewalk/plaza areas for gathering - 5
    • Public seating (benches, parklets, etc.) - 5
    • Street and sidewalk lighting - 5
    • Restroom facilities - 5
    • Availability of structured parking (in garages) - 5
    • Availability of on-street parking - 4
    • Availability of loading zones - 4
    • Ease and availability of ride share services (taxi, Uber, Lyft) - 3
    • Public (outdoor) art - 4
    • Special events and festivals - 5
    • Presence of police officers on foot or bike - 5
    • Family-oriented facilities (i.e. Splasheville, playground) - 5
    • Youth/young adult facilities (i.e. basketball court, social space) - 4
  • Are there other uses that have significant importance not mentioned or further explanation on a particular response above? Please briefly explain here.
    Parks with flower gardens or small areas with flower containers, as seen in European cities.
  • What have you seen or experienced in other cities that could improve our public spaces in downtown Asheville?
    More flowers, greenery & fountains
  • What do you notice about downtown streets or sidewalks that makes you feel more safe?
    I have always felt safe on Asheville's streets.
  • What do you notice about streets or sidewalks that makes you feel less safe
    The abundance of people, when I am driving.
  • What do you love most about downtown Asheville?
    The diversity, the shops & restaurants
  • What is your age?
    • Above age 65
  • What is your race/ethnicity?
    • White/Caucasian
  • How would you describe your gender identity?
    • Female
  • What is your zip code?
    • 28803
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