This survey is designed to gauge baseline consumer knowledge and interest in the 11 Akron Neighborhood Business Districts included in our Great Streets initiative.  It is open to everyone across Northeast Ohio!  If you would like to learn more about the Akron Great Street initiative, please click here!
 
While there are several vibrant and distinct Business Districts all over Akron, the focus of this survey is our 11 Great Streets Districts.  Through this survey we hope to develop a deeper understanding of consumer sentiment toward each district.  The information you provide will help inform business owners, many of whom we count on to help keep our neighborhoods safe and vibrant, and community leaders to make better informed decisions about the direction of each district.

As the program evolves we will of course look to add additional Great Street Business Districts to this initiative.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey, and if you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact the City of Akron Planning Department at 330-375-2090.


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* 1. In the past 12 months, did you shop in or visit any of Akron's Great Street business districts?

Click here for a map of our Great Streets Districts

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* 2. Do you live in Akron?

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* 3. How often do you shop at or visit any of Akron's Great Street Districts?

  Multiple Times a Week Once a week Once or twice a month at most A few times a year I never shop here
Aster Ave (Firestone Park Neighborhood)
Canton Rd District (Ellet Neighborhood)
East Copley (West Akron Neighborhood)
Goodyear Heights District
Kenmore Blvd. District
Maple Valley (West Akron Neighborhood)
Merriman Valley
Middlebury District
Temple Square (North Hill Neighborhood)
Wallhaven District
West Hill

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* 4. What is your general impression of each Great Streets district?

  Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative No Opinion
Aster Ave (Firestone Park Neighborhood)
Canton Rd District (Ellet Neighborhood)
East Copley (West Akron Neighborhood)
Goodyear Heights District
Kenmore Blvd. District
Maple Valley (West Akron Neighborhood)
Merriman Valley
Middlebury District
Temple Square (North Hill Neighborhood)
Wallhaven District
West Hill

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* 5. What brings you to visit or to shop in any of Akron's Great Streets Districts?

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* 6. Which factors would positively impact your decision to shop in one district over another district?

  High Impact Some Impact No Impact No Opinion
If I felt like my money was helping support Akron Small Businesses
The district celebrates the cultural diversity of its neighborhood
If it meets my needs - pure and simple
If it's easy for biking, I'll shop there
Easy to sit outside, people watch, and take my time
Quality parks nearby
A pleasing look and feel of buildings in the district
Street art and murals
Great or good pedestrian access - easy to walk around
A certain energy - always something going on
If I visited for a concert or an event, enjoyed it, and wanted to come back to visit later
I feel like my patronage contributes to help maintain the history of the business district

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* 7. Which of the following factors would negatively impact your decision to shop in any of Akron's Great Streets districts?

  High Impact Some Impact No Impact No Opinion
If I perceived the District to be in a high-crime area
Lots of car and truck traffic
Lack of parking directly in front of where I wanted to shop
A lack of diversity of businesses and shopping options
If buildings appeared to be poorly kept up
If I couldn't bike there easily
If I couldn't get there easily by mass transit/bus
If I couldn't walk there easily
I didn't feel like I fit in there

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* 10. What method of transit do you use  most to get to one of Akrons Great Steet Districts?

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* 13. From the list below, pick one of the  Akron Great Street Business Districts that you're most passionate about, or you shop at the most.  In the following question comment box, please indicate what you would like to see happen in this district to make it better.

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* 14. From the previous question, what are a few things you would like to see happen in this district to make it better?  Please use key words (trees, parking, traffic calming, more police, etc.)  Whatever comes to mind.  If you want to provide greater detail - that's fine!

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* 17. Do you make frequent online purchases from any of the following sites?

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* 18. Open ended and optional:  If you have any general comments that you would like to share about any questions, please do so here.  Please try and focus your comments toward the Akron Great Street Districts and what you want to see happen overall.

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* 19. If you're from Akron, what Neighborhood do you live in?  If you live outside Akron, what City/Town do you live in?

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* 20. Final question:  Would a vibrant, quality, and pedestrian oriented Business District in Akron influence your decision to own or rent a home near that district?

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