The numbers are in and the report has been delivered — for the recent Barracks Row feedback poll, that is. The question remains, was there any suspicion that the results would be anything other than a battle cry and ammunition for uber-restaurateur Xavier Cervera in the ongoing neighborhood dialogue about the restaurant and retail mix on Barracks Row?
The survey, completed at the end of February by Jon Stover & Associates, was paid for by Cervera and overseen by Barracks Row Main Street. Responses were gathered online, by phone, flyer and on the street, and 837 people weighed in. If you want to know how the surveyed really felt, read the 195 comments. My favorites are the shout out to Santa and the trash talking about 7-11. But, as one would suspect, the message was this: there’s enthusiastic support for the growing restaurant scene on Barracks Row, concern about parking by those within a 3 block radius, and a considerable desire for more retail outlets.
Along with the survey, Stover & Associates produced a thorough market analysis on the neighborhood with information about the area’s economic evolution, parking analysis and recommendations, occupancy trends on Barracks Row, and city-wide neighborhood zoning case studies, gathered together with information from DC Office of Zoning and the CHAMPS Retail Mix committee. The comparisons between neighborhoods that have and haven’t instituted liquor license moratoriums and the volume of licenses does make for some interesting reading and pondering of Malcolm Gladwell-style economic trending. One hopes that recipients of the report, including ANC 6-B and the economic development subcommittee of Barracks Row Main Street, will give all the data points time to ruminate.
And, as promised, four survey participants won $25 restaurant gift cards.