The results of this summers’ neighborhood survey are in; thanks to all who participated. You can delve into the graphs and responses as time allows — but here’s a quick sketch.
Background and acknowledged bias: The survey was online and was promoted here, on Facebook and on NextDoor, in the neighborhood association’s monthly email newsletter (subscribe) and at events including the Movie in the Park. Thus it has an inherent bias toward people who have a high level of online access and comfort. Also, the nearly 300 respondents predominately are homeowners living within the Woodstock boundary.
The good news: By an overwhelming margin, respondents reported a feeling of belonging within the neighborhood. By a clear margin, respondents reported perceiving the neighborhood as “well kept and attractive.”
The bad news: Property theft began the survey with only minor perception among respondents as a challenge warranting immediate attention — but it eventually outdistanced every other concern except its close relative, “complications of homelessness, including sanitation and security.” In getting around the neighborhood,”potholes and unimproved roads” was the predictable leading concern. But it was closely challenged by two somewhat contradictory concerns: the heavy volume of motor traffic and the high speed of motor traffic. Also high up in the mix was a lack of markings at crosswalks. (Remember: Under Oregon law, every intersection is a crosswalk whether marked or not.)
Also of note: Happily, motor-vehicle parking ranked low as a concern despite initial worries expressed on Facebook and NextDoor that the coming of New Seasons would cause parking troubles. Also, respondents ranked paper posters and fliers as a better way to reach them than this website — but Facebook, NextDoor and the email newsletter still led the way. Perhaps the most encouraging observation for the long term is that respondents retain an affinity for the big picture. They ranked “affordable housing and smart planning” as the top concern for the long term, presumably due to its connection with the more immediate challenges of homelessness.
How the Woodstock Neighborhood Association will use the results
That remains to be seen and will be shaped over time at WNA meetings. Want to take part? Come to the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Ave., at 7 p.m. on the First Wednesday of each month. (That’s September 7 this month.)