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Wedgwood Vision Project: 2010 Survey Results

The Wedgwood Vision Project conducted a community survey March 1 - April 17, 2010 by means of an online survey through SurveyMonkey and a printed equivalent available at HomeStreet Bank and the Northeast Branch Library. The community was notified about the survey via the Wedgwood Echo newsletter, email messages, and a saturation mailing in which a postcard about the survey and where to find it was mailed to every household in Wedgwood. Here are the complete results (all anonymous), including typed responses.

Total Started Survey: 840
Total Completed Survey: 756 (90%)

1. You and Wedgwood: Please indicate your relationship to Wedgwood (check all that apply). Use your own definition of Wedgwood rather than how the city or council may define the boundaries.
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I live in Wedgwood
88.3%742
I work in Wedgwood
9.5%80
I go to school in Wedgwood
1.3%11
I shop and/or dine in Wedgwood
78.7%661
I play sports or otherwise recreate in Wedgwood
36.4%306
I have at least one child who goes to school in Wedgwood
19.2%161
I visit members of my extended family in Wedgwood
7.5%63
I grew up in Wedgwood
7.5%63
viewOther (please specify)
11.2%94
2. Major Areas of Interest: How important to you are the following land use and development issues?
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Evergreens and natural landscapes60.2% (496)29.0% (239)9.8% (81)1.0% (8)3.48824
Development within single-family residential zones (e.g., Architectural character, size of homes)43.6% (350)31.8% (255)19.2% (154)5.4% (43)3.14802
Infrastructure issues (sidewalks, curbs, and drainage)57.8% (474)30.0% (246)10.9% (89)1.3% (11)3.44820
Multi-family and commercial development on major arterials, (e.g., scale, style)38.8% (314)36.6% (296)19.4% (157)5.2% (42)3.09809
Parks and open space67.8% (560)25.4% (210)6.2% (51)0.6% (5)3.60826
Signs and lighting31.8% (251)40.3% (318)22.4% (177)5.4% (43)2.98789
viewOther (please specify)117
3. Sustainability: Please respond to the idea that sustainability should be a key component of the Wedgwood Vision Plan.
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Incorporating sustainability into the plan is:57.5% (454)31.2% (246)8.9% (70)2.4% (19)3.44789
4. Sustainability Components: If you feel that it is at least somewhat important that sustainability be part of the Wedgwood Vision Plan, please rate the importance of including the following elements.
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Local food production23.7% (184)34.2% (266)30.0% (233)12.1% (94)2.69777
Local power production (e.g. wind, solar)21.7% (170)30.4% (238)32.1% (251)15.8% (124)2.58783
Transportation choices64.3% (507)28.0% (221)6.6% (52)1.1% (9)3.55789
Reducing energy consumption49.2% (386)36.1% (283)11.6% (91)3.1% (24)3.32784
Trees and natural landscapes64.4% (508)28.1% (222)6.6% (52)0.9% (7)3.56789
Local jobs29.1% (227)40.1% (313)26.3% (205)4.5% (35)2.94780
Green building35.1% (274)41.2% (322)19.0% (148)4.7% (37)3.07781
Strengthening community institutions43.1% (338)40.1% (314)15.4% (121)1.4% (11)3.25784
viewOther (please specify)62
5. Trees: Please note how important you feel each of the following tree-related issues are.
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Rules for trees / tree cutting on private property22.8% (182)27.4% (219)33.8% (270)16.0% (128)2.57799
Park and school trees47.9% (384)38.8% (311)12.5% (100)0.7% (6)3.34801
Maintaining or increasing current level of tree coverage48.8% (392)34.5% (277)14.4% (116)2.2% (18)3.30803
More street trees34.8% (280)37.8% (304)22.0% (177)5.3% (43)3.02804
Ivy pulling / restoration of greenbelts and ravines39.5% (315)35.2% (281)22.1% (176)3.3% (26)3.11798
viewOther (please specify)68
6. Residential Positives: Consider what you like about Wedgwood's single-family residential zones today. How important to you are each of the following characteristics?
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It's quiet.56.5% (444)33.7% (265)8.0% (63)1.8% (14)3.45786
It's good for walking and/or running.66.0% (522)30.2% (239)2.9% (23)0.9% (7)3.61791
My neighbors are friendly.54.6% (429)34.1% (268)9.6% (75)1.7% (13)3.42785
I can easily walk to businesses.67.5% (531)25.5% (201)6.1% (48)0.9% (7)3.60787
There are lots of trees.47.7% (376)38.6% (304)11.3% (89)2.4% (19)3.32788
I feel safe.82.8% (652)15.2% (120)1.5% (12)0.4% (3)3.81787
viewOther (please specify)64
7. Residential Issues: How important are the following in Wedgwood's single-family residential zones?
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More street lighting22.4% (176)36.8% (289)27.1% (213)13.7% (108)2.68786
More sidewalks and curbs44.0% (348)29.6% (234)18.1% (143)8.3% (66)3.09791
Regulating size of new homes35.9% (282)28.6% (225)25.6% (201)9.9% (78)2.90786
Better management of vacant properties27.2% (210)36.5% (282)28.8% (223)7.5% (58)2.83773
More affordable housing17.1% (133)34.2% (267)32.8% (256)15.9% (124)2.52780
Careful management of in-fill development37.8% (281)39.0% (290)19.1% (142)4.2% (31)3.10744
viewOther (please specify)59
8. Backyard Cottages: Seattle recenly approved a new ordinance making it easier to gain approval for a detatched accessory dwelling unit, or "backyard cottage." How much are the following statements in accordance with your views?
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Backyard cottages are a good way to increase density in our neighborhood while preserving its character.24.0% (190)31.4% (249)25.4% (201)12.2% (97)6.9% (55)2.53792
Backyard cottages create welcome opportunities for multiple generations within a family to live in close proximity.31.7% (251)32.9% (261)24.5% (194)6.9% (55)4.0% (32)2.81793
I am concerned about potential negative impacts from backyard cottages.14.4% (113)19.9% (156)23.5% (184)28.2% (221)13.9% (109)1.93783
viewPlease specify72
9. Business District Positives: Consider what you like about Wedgwood's business district along 35th Ave NE today. How important to you are each of the following characteristics?
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Cafes and pubs provide opportunities to relax and/or meet friends in an informal setting.64.8% (508)26.7% (209)7.1% (56)1.4% (11)3.55784
I can get many of my errands done right in Wedgwood (banking, mailing, prescriptions etc.)72.1% (564)23.1% (181)4.1% (32)0.6% (5)3.67782
Many businesses are independent / we have few chain establishments.51.5% (400)32.2% (250)12.1% (94)4.2% (33)3.31777
For the most part, businesses are small-scale.46.8% (364)39.4% (306)10.3% (80)3.5% (27)3.30777
viewOther (please specify)61
10. Possible Priorities: How important are the following potential projects for Wedgwood's business district?
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Diversify range of businesses29.7% (230)45.6% (353)18.1% (140)6.6% (51)2.98774
Develop a more continuous business district on 35th Ave NE between NE 85th and NE 75th22.6% (175)30.0% (232)26.1% (202)21.2% (164)2.54773
Develop a "town square" type space27.8% (216)28.7% (223)28.3% (220)15.3% (119)2.69778
Limit large chain stores50.3% (392)24.1% (188)17.1% (133)8.5% (66)3.16779
Increase visual interest (murals, plantings, etc.)17.8% (136)35.4% (271)30.2% (231)16.6% (127)2.54765
viewOther (please specify)84
11. Businesses Desired: What types of additional businesses would you like to see developed in Wedgwood? Check all that apply.
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Percent
Response
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Health/medical services
17.5%136
Restaurants/cafes
77.7%604
Retail shops
48.3%375
Entertainment and/or cultural
40.0%311
Cinema
23.8%185
Bookstore
64.1%498
Professional office spaces
16.3%127
Hardware store
71.7%557
Copy center
18.7%145
viewOther (please specify)
17.2%134
12. New Buildings: Some parts of 35th Ave NE are zoned for buildings up to 4 stories high. Which statement best reflects your opinion about potential development on 35th:
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Percent
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We need to do all we can to keep bulk and scale of new development in check.
31.1%243
Carefully designed mixed-use buildings can create a more vibrant neighborhood by increasing density and attracting more businesses.
54.9%429
Wedgwood should maximize development potential to become an urban village like Wallingford or Fremont.
14.1%110
viewIf you want, add a comment:188
13. Under-utilized properties: Are there under-utilized properties in our neighborhood that you would like to see put to another use? What uses would you prefer for these properties?
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14. Proximity: Can you walk to a city park or a school playground or field from your home?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
94.3%731
No
5.7%44
15. If yes, please indicate which one(s) you do walk to. Check all that apply:
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Percent
Response
Count
Dahl Playfield
52.2%384
Meadowbrook Creeklet and/or Pond
25.9%190
Wedgwood Elementary
48.8%359
Thorton Creek School (Decatur)
37.1%273
Eckstein Middle School
35.9%264
View Ridge Playfield
32.1%236
viewOther (please specify)
15.6%115
16. Park Uses: How important to you are the following park uses?
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Children's playgrounds49.4% (380)29.2% (225)15.2% (117)6.2% (48)3.22770
Lawn/gardens with benches30.8% (231)38.6% (289)24.0% (180)6.5% (49)2.94749
Natural park setting54.4% (420)33.7% (260)10.0% (77)1.9% (15)3.41772
Playfields for sports30.1% (229)28.8% (219)25.5% (194)15.5% (118)2.74760
"Town square" type space22.9% (172)30.4% (228)28.9% (217)17.8% (134)2.58751
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17. Potential Sites: Where you would want a new park if Wedgwood were to acquire one? Feel free to name a specific location or give a general area such as "along 35th Ave NE" or "north and west of 35th and 85th".
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18. Transportation Enhancements: In improving transportation in Wedgwood, how important to you are the following?
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More bus service37.3% (284)33.6% (256)20.5% (156)8.7% (66)2.99762
Better bike lanes31.0% (235)31.3% (237)23.8% (180)13.9% (105)2.80757
More pedestrian safety and amenities (e.g. crosswalks)49.2% (378)32.4% (249)13.0% (100)5.3% (41)3.26768
Additional traffic calming and speed control31.4% (238)29.0% (220)25.6% (194)14.0% (106)2.78758
More parking management in residential areas8.1% (60)16.2% (121)34.1% (254)41.6% (310)1.91745
More parking management in commercial and multi-family areas7.4% (55)20.0% (148)36.6% (271)35.9% (266)1.99740
More street paving & pothole filling32.8% (250)33.0% (252)27.0% (206)7.2% (55)2.91763
More street lighting23.2% (175)30.1% (227)30.6% (231)16.0% (121)2.60754
Better drainage23.9% (174)31.2% (227)34.2% (249)10.7% (78)2.68728
viewOther (please specify)114
19. Do you ride public transit?
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Percent
Response
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Yes
63.8%494
No
36.2%280
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20. If you do ride public transit, for what purpose(s) do you ride? Check all that apply.
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Percent
Response
Count
Travel to and/or from work or school
62.2%317
Travel to and/or from events (sports, fairs, lectures, etc.)
60.0%306
Go shopping
39.4%201
Visit friends or family
15.1%77
viewOther (please specify)
22.7%116
21. What do you like best about living in Wedgwood?
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22. If there were one thing you could change about Wedgwood, it would be:
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Count
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23. In your opinion, what would be the most important outcome of the Wedgwood Vision Project?
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24. Any other comments?
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Count
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25. Organized Activities: What organized community activities in Wedgwood do you currently participate in?
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Percent
Response
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Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema
35.8%192
Wedgwood Art Festival
46.4%249
Wedgdwood Community Council meetings
16.9%91
Seattle Night Out block parties
60.3%324
Sustainable Northeast Seattle meetings and/or events
17.3%93
viewOther (please specify)120
26. Would you like to see another annual (or quarterly or monthly) Wedgwood community social event?
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Percent
Response
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Yes
73.6%394
No
26.4%141
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27. How do you hear about local events/community activities?
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Percent
Response
Count
Seattle Times
28.4%214
North Seattle Herald Outlook
12.0%90
Web sites
22.0%166
Wedgwood Echo newsletter
42.0%316
Email
28.6%215
T.V./Radio
7.4%56
Flyers/posters
48.5%365
Word of mouth
41.8%315
Telephone contact
1.5%11
Sandwich boards on 35th Ave NE
49.4%372
I don't hear of events
12.0%90
viewOther (please specify)
10.5%79
28. Community Services/Amenities: How important to you is adding or increasing each of the following for Wedgwood?
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Community meeting space18.9% (135)34.6% (248)30.9% (221)15.6% (112)2.57716
Farmers market43.5% (324)32.5% (242)16.4% (122)7.5% (56)3.12744
Services for the elderly (activities and assistance)18.7% (136)40.6% (295)29.6% (215)11.0% (80)2.67726
Child daycare/preschool14.0% (100)30.4% (217)32.4% (231)23.2% (166)2.35714
Services for students (tutoring, activity center)12.1% (87)33.3% (240)34.7% (250)19.9% (143)2.38720
Shelters4.4% (30)14.6% (100)38.1% (260)42.9% (293)1.81683
Legal clinic1.9% (13)12.3% (86)36.9% (258)49.0% (343)1.67700
Health clinic6.8% (48)22.6% (160)39.3% (278)31.3% (221)2.05707
Community kiosk / bulletin board19.0% (137)35.3% (254)31.7% (228)14.0% (101)2.59720
viewOther (please specify)66
29. Which Side of 35th: If you live in or nearby Wedgwood, which side of 35th Ave NE do you live on?
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I live east of 35th Ave NE (toward Lake Washington)
42.5%315
I live west of 35th Ave NE (toward I-5)
57.5%427
30. Which Side of 85th: If you live in or nearby Wedgwood, which side of NE 85th Street do you live on?
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I live north of NE 85th Street (toward Lake City)
44.5%328
I live south of NE 85th Street (toward U-Village)
55.5%409
31. What is your marital status?
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Married
72.1%535
Single
27.9%207
32. If you live in or near Wedgwood, please indicate your housing situation:
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I live in a house/condo I own
87.7%649
I live in a house/condo I rent
5.0%37
I live in an apartment I rent
4.2%31
I neither rent nor own
1.1%8
viewOther (please specify)
2.0%15
33. What languages are spoken in your home?
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English
99.5%742
Spanish
3.4%25
Chinese
1.2%9
Korean
0.5%4
Vietnamese
0.3%2
Russian
0.8%6
Tagalog
0.3%2
Somali 0.0%0
American Sign Language
1.1%8
viewOther (please specify)
6.6%49
34. What is your age range?
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Under 18 yrs
0.3%2
18-29 yrs
5.5%41
30-39 yrs
23.9%177
40-49 yrs
25.1%186
50-59 yrs
22.6%167
60-69 yrs
18.1%134
70 yrs or older
4.5%33
35. How many people in each age group live in your household? Enter the number of each.
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view0-5 years 1.15256222
view6-10 years 0.95161169
view11-18 years 0.92141153
view19-25 years 0.90102113
view26-35 years 1.36240177
view36-45 years 1.38362263
view46-55 years 1.24273220
view56-65 years 1.21255211
view66 years and older 1.02142139
36. How did you hear about this survey? Check all that apply.
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Percent
Response
Count
Wedgwood Echo newsletter
10.8%81
Community council email or website
21.8%163
Signboards on 35th Ave NE
7.0%52
Notices in a cafe, business, or organization
2.0%15
Postcard in the mail
46.7%349
Through my / my child's school
4.9%37
From a friend or family member
10.2%76
viewOther (please specify)
18.9%141