Update: We were surprised to find that though the survey was just recently opened and the link was still live this morning, it has subsequently been closed. Door-to-door surveyors have still been spotted in the neighborhood for those living proximate to Barracks Row. We hope to have news on the results once they’re available.
It would seem, from the November and December comment-a-thons on Claudia’s updates about ANC 6B‘s mere consideration of a moratorium on Barracks Row liquor licenses, that we Hill residents are rife with opinions about the bustling business corridor. Well, it turns out, someone is listening and wants to know more and there’s an online survey keeping tabs on those opinions. There is, of course, no evidence that voicing your support or ire will have any great effect, but it is nice to be asked, right?
Instead of saying ‘pipe down’ (like more genteel neighbors want to say to gregarious late-night 8th Street patrons), business owners of Barracks Row, in collaboration with Barracks Row Main Street, want to take the pulse on issues like noise and trash, transportation, the restaurant and commercial blend and volume, and any perceived detriment or benefit to house values based on proximity to the area.
Martin Smith, the executive director of BRMS, says an independent urban planning firm, Stover & Associates, is performing the study. Going door to door in the blocks surrounding Barracks Row is just the first step; the online survey will allow them to get input from neighbors who aren’t home and those in the wider community who want to weigh in. I do wonder if said pollsters are just knocking on doors during the day and how that might sway their data.
The survey should take you a little over five minutes to complete, especially if you can keep your eyes steady on those Survey Monkey radio buttons better than I can. The questions feel a little folksy, with metrics of “way too much” to “a bit too little,” but there is a very gracious comment box which appears to have no character limit, so have at it! For taking the survey, your name goes in a hat for a $25 prize restaurant gift certificate.