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Better Block Dallas Grand Avenue Project Tom Fisch Capstone MSIS in Sustainability, UTA. Grand Avenue Pre-Event Observational Survey, Nov 9-17, 2011. Access □ □ Is the entrance visible from a distance? N/A □ □ Is it easy to identify what is going on in the place? NO

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Better Block Dallas Grand Avenue Project

Tom Fisch Capstone MSIS in Sustainability, UTA

grand avenue pre event observational survey nov 9 17 2011
Grand Avenue Pre-Event Observational Survey, Nov 9-17, 2011

Access

□ □ Is the entrance visible from a distance? N/A

□ □ Is it easy to identify what is going on in the place? NO

□ □ Is the primary use or mission of the booths and attractions easily identifiable? N/A

□ □ Is there adequate directional signage, maps and location information? NO

□ □ Can people easily get there (e.g. they don’t have to dart through traffic)? NO

□ □ Do sidewalks, paths, or roads match up with the directions in which people wish to go? YES

□ □ Can people use a variety of transportation options (bus, train, car, bicycle) to get to the place? YES

□ □ Does the place function for people with special needs (is it ADA-compliant)? NO

□ □ Do vehicles dominate pedestrian use of the space or prevent them from getting to it? YES

Comfort & Image

□ □ Does the place make a good first impression, both from afar and upon entering? NO

□ □ Are there more women present than men? NO

□ □ Is there a choice of places to sit (for example, either in the sun or shade)? NO

□ □ Is there appropriate weather protection (umbrellas, shelters, etc.)? NO

□ □ Is the space clean and free of litter? NO

□ □ Does the space and surrounding area feel safe? NO

□ □ Does the place meet the needs of the people using it? NO

Uses & Activities

□ □ Is the place used by a range of ages and types of people? NO

□ □ Do people tend to use the space alone, or do they cluster in groups? ALONE

□ □ Do several types of activities occur, walking, eating, relaxing, reading, socializing, meetings, etc.? NO

□ □ Are many or most parts of the space used? NO

□ □ Are there obvious choices of things to do – that is, evidence of events and activities that take place NO

□ □ Does the place’s design relate to and support events that take place there? NO

□ □ Is there a management presence or other evidence that someone is in charge of the place? NO

□ □ Do the uses and activities benefit building visitors and employees? NO

Sociability

□ □ Would you choose to meet your friends in this place? NO

□ □ Are people talking with each other? YES

□ □ Are they smiling? NO

□ □ Do people seem to know each other by face or name? NO

□ □ Do they bring visitors to this place? NO

□ □ Do strangers make eye contact with each other? NO

□ □ Is there a mix of ages and ethnic groups that generally reflects the community at large? NO

□ □ Do people tend to pick up litter when they see it? NO

□ □ Do building employees volunteer to help program or maintain the place? NO

grand avenue event observational survey nov 19 2011
Grand Avenue Event Observational Survey, Nov 19, 2011

 Access

□ □ Is the entrance visible from a distance? YES

□ □ Is it easy to identify what is going on in the place? YES

□ □ Is the primary use or mission of the booths and attractions easily identifiable? YES

□ □ Is there adequate directional signage, maps and location information? YES

□ □ Can people easily get there (e.g. they don’t have to dart through traffic)? YES

□ □ Do sidewalks, paths, or roads match up with the directions in which people wish to go? YES

□ □ Can people use a variety of transportation options (bus, train, car, bicycle) to get to the place? YES

□ □ Does the place function for people with special needs (is it ADA-compliant)? YES

□ □ Do vehicles dominate pedestrian use of the space or prevent them from getting to it? NO

Comfort & Image

□ □ Does the place make a good first impression, both from afar and upon entering? YES

□ □ Are there more women present than men? YES

□ □ Is there a choice of places to sit (for example, either in the sun or shade)? YES

□ □ Is there appropriate weather protection (umbrellas, shelters, etc.)? YES

□ □ Is the space clean and free of litter? YES

□ □ Does the space and surrounding area feel safe? YES

□ □ Does the place meet the needs of the people using it? YES

Uses & Activities

□ □ Is the place used by a range of ages and types of people? YES

□ □ Do people tend to use the space alone, or do they cluster in groups? GROUPS

□ □ Do several types of activities occur, walking, eating, relaxing, reading, socializing, meetings, etc.? YES

□ □ Are many or most parts of the space used? YES

□ □ Are there obvious choices of things to do – that is, evidence of events and activities that take place YES

□ □ Does the place’s design relate to and support events that take place there? YES

□ □ Is there a management presence or other evidence that someone is in charge of the place? YES

□ □ Do the uses and activities benefit building visitors and employees? YES

Sociability

□ □ Would you choose to meet your friends in this place? YES

□ □ Are people talking with each other? YES

□ □ Are they smiling? YES

□ □ Do people seem to know each other by face or name? YES

□ □ Do they bring visitors to this place? YES

□ □ Do strangers make eye contact with each other? YES

□ □ Is there a mix of ages and ethnic groups that generally reflects the community at large? YES

□ □ Do people tend to pick up litter when they see it? YES

□ □ Do building employees volunteer to help program or maintain the place? YES

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The on-site survey of community event participants prioritized the following neighborhood amenities that were important to them in this order:

#1 Retail shops and restaurants to explore

#2 Places to rest, sit, people-watch or dine

#3 Feeling Safe and Lighting at Night