CARE Community-Identified Issues

By robb, January 10, 2012 12:23 pm


Issues within the Longfellow and Phillips Communities
CARE project staff talked to over 700 people living, working, and visiting Longfellow and Phillips about their impressions of their communities. People identified dozens of issues or concerns they had in their communities; summarized below:

Personal Safety and Security
Drugs
Graffiti
Police Presence
Violence
Break-ins, Burglaries, Thefts
Gangs
Loitering, Harrassment

Business and Community Vitality
Keeping Local Businesses
More Development
Empty Storefronts
Expansion Needs
Maintaining Buildings

Environmental Sustainability
Water Quality
Pollution
Noise
Trees
Solid Waste and Recycling
Contamination / Toxics
Littering
Illegal Dumping
Energy
Polluting Businesses
Light Pollution

Access to Food and Health Care
Food Access and Quality
Gardens
Health Care
Nutrition
Mental Health
Health Concerns
Alcoholism

Local Government Funding
Budget Cuts / Funding
Taxes
Infrastructure

Affordable, Maintained, Occupied Housing
Maintaining Housing Stock
Abandoned Properties
Foreclosures
Affordable Housing
Rental Properties


Education and Schools
Schools
Empty School Buildings
School Quality
Crowded Schools

Lack of Sense of Community
Support for Seniors
Unappealing Streets/Properties
Lack of Kids Activities
Acceptance of Diversity
Communication and Engagement
Changing Demographics
Community Capacity/Working Together
Things to Do
Perceptions of Community
Hopelessness
Green Space / Parks
Street Lighting
Crowded
Winter / Fall Maintenance (leaves, snow)

Creating a Bike-Walk-Transit Friendly
Community

Bikeability
Public Transportation
Walkability

Impact of Traffic and Vehicles
Maintaining Infrastructure
High Speeds
Traffic
Parking
Traffic Safety
Traffic Light Timing
Rail Yards
Trucks

Economic Instability
Economic Disparity
Poverty
Jobs
Stalled Development
Homelessness


Take a look at the results summarized in a “word cloud” format. This technique provides a visual depiction of how often people use different words to describe their community — with the size of the word representing its frequency of use.

Cloud - Issues

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