The City circulated a questionnaire during the West End Celebration on August 26th and 27th, and held a design open house on October 10th to solicit public input and design ideas for the West End/South of Tioga districts.
The following is a summary of inputs gathered from those outreach efforts.
48 questionnaires returned (most at West End Celebration)
40 said they are in Sand City often
8 live in Sand City; 9 work in Sand City, 30 shop in Sand City
18 were in their 20’s; 13 were in their 30’s
41 total participants signed in (there may have been more)
25 residents and 9 workers/business owners (34 individuals)
9 visitors to Sand City
Questionnaire respondents tended towards visitors at the West End Celebration, and the Design Open House participants tended towards being residents. We asked numerous questions aimed to get an understanding of what people like about Sand City, what else they’d like to see in Sand City, and to get ideas on design preferences. The most popular first-choice responses are reported here.
Rock Gym (34) Post no Bills (3).
Festivals (13), Brew Pubs (12), Farmers’ Market (11), Informal music event (10), Restaurants (8).
Note: Of the 27 “other” options, 18 votes were for a rock climbing gym
Restaurant/entertainment (18), Housing as part of commercial buildings (11).
Interestingly, no one chose retail store or office as the top choice.
Bike lanes (21), Landscaping (13), Standard car spaces (11).
Design Open House Station:
Landscaping (15), Bike lanes (14), Standard car parking spaces (8).
Lighting (23), Tress/Landscaping (22).
Note: The Design Open House Station for beautifying streets only received (6) votes for landscaping as an important way to beautify the City streets.
Beach via footbridge near City Hall (16), Rec Trail connection to Roberts Lake (10), Park Avenue to Tioga Avenue to Beach (8)
Design Open House Station:
Park Avenue to Tioga Avenue to Beach (11), Beach via footbridge near City Hall (6), Rec Trail connection to Roberts Lake (4)
This exercise allowed people to “construct” streets using strips of colored paper representing travel lanes (black), parking lanes (orange), bike lanes (yellow), sidewalks (blue), and landscaping (green)
Plant trees (24), Add art/color to existing buildings (15), Renovate existing buildings (10), Remove powerlines (10).
Landscaped seating area (7), Street Trees (7), Colored Crosswalks (7),
Removing overhead wires(6).
Murals (11), Trellis work (7), Replace roll up doors with glass (5).
There were a number of creative designs submitted for an entry sign or archway. Scans of the ideas submitted are located here.
Contra Costa Street at railroad corridor crossing (current entry sign location):
Corner of Tioga Avenue and California Avenue:
Wi-Fi hot spots (19), Car charging stations (9)
Displace residents/businesses (33), Higher rents (16), Traffic congestion (13), Lack of parking (11).
Note: traffic congestion/lack of parking and higher rents/displace residents and businesses are linked.
Affordable Housing (19), Display art for sale (15), Perform/Display space (14), Live-work (13), “Made in Sand City” retail (10).
Participants felt that more lighting and more trees and landscaping are important to create a pedestrian-friendly environment. Planting trees was also cited as the best way to visually improve the City’s street; murals were voted as the best way to beautify existing buildings.
A walking connection to the beach was important, either with a footbridge over the freeway near City Hall, or a pathway connecting that area with the existing bridge at Tioga.
Bike lanes and landscaping were considered important as part of street designs, with parking coming in at third.
The greatest concern with vibrancy changes is the displacement of residents and businesses due to decreased affordability.
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