The survey was placed on this website and filled out on iPads during both events. We garnered 236 responses, mostly between the ages 25 and 44 (64%), with a nearly fifty percent split between male and females (49% and 51%). The survey consisted of less than ten questions focused on general demographics and overall perceptions of Downtown. The questions included:
- Do you have children?
- What is your marital status?
- In what capacity do you use Downtown Denver?
- What is your home zip code?
- Do you own or rent your home?
- Do you live Downtown? Why or Why Not?
- What would you like to see more or less of in Downtown?
Just over half of the respondents were married, and approximately one-third have children. The vast majority of respondents, regardless of age or family status, indicated they utilize Downtown Denver for two primary purposes: work and activities, including special events and sporting events, and the nightlife. The equal use of Downtown for work (61%) and activities (66%) suggests that those who work in Downtown Denver stay Downtown for the fun it offers.
The perception of Denver as a place to enjoy activities and family events provides a solid foundation for increasing Denver’s Downtown residential population. Other survey responses suggest more people would consider living downtown if issues related to homelessness, safety and the cost of housing are addressed.
A Composite View: What people want to see more or less of in Downtown Denver.
Affordability stands out! Downtown Denver needs to be affordable to sustain a growing population. The issue of growing numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness is a challenge. Establishing more parking and free parking for residents are also concerns. Having more open, green spaces for individuals to enjoy our beautiful sunny days is a must! People want more mainstream amenities for retail and groceries. Finally, people are very much interested in managing bikes with more lanes and wayfinding. Overall, individuals are interested in being in Downtown Denver; they love the location. The survey demonstrated some expressed concerns around safety, homelessness and amenities, but with a recognition that the city is growing and continuing to work on providing more and better services and amenities.
Twenty-five percent of people indicated they do not live in the Downtown Denver community because of home prices. Thirty percent of people indicated they do live in the Downtown Denver community because of its location.
We asked individuals to comment on what they wanted to see more or less of in Downtown Denver. The word cloud above demonstrates that viewpoint. The larger the word, the more comments it received.