North Allston Brighton Resident Survey

The Allston Brighton Community Planning Initiative is conducting a neighborhood survey to gain a better understanding of what impact Harvard University’s property acquisitions, leasing practices, and development plans are having or are likely to have on residents of North Allston and North Brighton. The university has acquired numerous commercial properties in North Allston and North Brighton during the past several years. It will use some of these properties for a major expansion of its campus (primarily to the east of Barry’s Corner), but has not announced plans for reuse of a substantial number of other acquired properties. Some of these properties are now vacant.

Providing your name, address, and telephone number is optional. However, this information will be useful if we want to contact you with follow-up questions. The information you provide will be kept completely confidential.
1. Name (optional)
2. Address and telephone number (optional)
3. How many years have you lived in North Allston or North Brighton?
4. What do you consider the most notable changes, both positive and negative, that have occurred in North Allston and North Brighton during the past five years or since you moved here?
5. How familiar are you with Harvard University’s real estate acquisitions and development plans in North Allston and North Brighton?
6. As a whole, do you think that Harvard’s real estate acquisitions and development plans in North Allston and North Brighton are good for the neighborhood, bad for the neighborhood, neither good nor bad for the neighborhood, or are you not sure?
7. How would you characterize the overall change in quality of life in the neighborhood?
8. Please explain your response.
9. What role do you think Harvard University’s property acquisitions and property management practices have played in these changes?
10. Please explain your response. In particular, if you feel Harvard’s property acquisitions and property management practices have played a role in quality-of-life changes, describe how.
11. Of the goods and services you shop for on a daily or weekly basis, what percentage do you purchase from businesses in North Allston and North Brighton?
12. How has this percentage changed during the past five years or since you moved into the neighborhood?
13. What impact do you think Harvard University’s property acquisitions and property management practices have had on the availability within North Allston and North Brighton of products and services you buy on a daily or weekly basis?
14. More specifically what impact do you think the university’s property acquisitions and property management practices have had on the availability of the following goods and services in North Allston and North Brighton?
Increased a lotIncreased a littleNo impactReduced a littleReduced a lotNot sure
Groceries
Health and personal care products
Restaurants and carry out meals
Hardware, home improvement and garden products
Clothing
Automotive products and services
Professional services (e.g., medical, legal, accounting)
Personal services (e.g., dry cleaning, hair care)
15. Do you live within one or two blocks of any fully or partially vacant commercial or industrial property?
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