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  • its residents Several drafts of the survey instrument were prepared from November 1996 through February 1997 by the City Planning Commission staff and the Manayunk Survey Committee The final version of the survey questionnaire consisted of thirty questions many with multiple response options Questions ranged from general ratings of Manayunk s overall quality of life to those concerning specific neighborhood problems The survey form also included a number of questions that would permit the construction of a socio economic profile of survey respondents The City Planning Commission staff designed the format of the survey form and assumed responsibility for the cost of printing and mailing the questionnaire as well as for tabulating and analyzing survey responses A Manayunk Post Office Box was designated for the return of completed surveys to maintain the neighborhood sponsored identity of the survey effort Anticipating a community wide mailing the Survey Committee launched an informational campaign throughout the Manayunk community to encourage a high return rate Three weeks before the scheduled mailing of the survey questionnaire flyers were posted throughout the neighborhood and announcements were printed in the local community newspaper The Review The Survey Committee solicited neighborhood volunteers to help prepare the questionnaire for mailing Among these were the pastor of a local church and his staff who folded all the survey forms and cover letters On Saturday March 15 1997 fifty volunteers attended an envelope stuffing party at Venice Island playground in Manayunk Participating in this four hour envelope stuffing and sorting operation were representatives of Manayunk s civic business and institutional organizations Manayunk neighbors friends and children staff members of the City Planning Commission and the District Councilman Local restaurants generously provided refreshments for the volunteers The event received extensive media coverage The survey envelopes were metered and mailed the following Monday

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  • PROFILE OF SURVEY RESPONDENTS
    school About 12 of households used private schools For households that require child care services almost 58 indicated the need for additional facilities in Manayunk There were some differences among sub areas in school choices Respondents in the Umbria Street and Wissahickon sub areas tended to choose public schools for their children more frequently than the other sub areas and used parochial schools less Approximately half of the Umbria Street and Wissahickon children attended public schools compared to about one third of the children in the other sub areas In the Hillside and Manayunk Above the Cliffs sub areas households using parochial schools edged out public school users Residents of both the Manayunk Below the Cliffs and Umbria Street sub areas stated a clear need for additional child care services 78 and 63 respectively Residents of the other sub areas were fairly evenly split over whether additional child care facilities are needed However it should be noted that the number of respondents answering this question was relatively small less than 12 of all respondents Housing Tenure Homeownership among survey respondents was uniformly high across sub areas Almost 73 of respondent households were owner occupants and 27 were renters close to the 1990 census ratio of 69 owners and 31 renters in the census tracks comprising Greater Manayunk Rowhomes are the predominant housing type only 13 of survey respondents reported living in multi unit buildings including structures divided into multiple units Over 40 of renter households reported that they actively considered buying a residence in the Manayunk study area In general these potential purchasers are in the prime first time homebuying years 59 between 25 and 34 years old and relatively recent residents of Manayunk 66 fewer than 5 years 85 fewer than 10 years Almost 70 had household incomes between 30K and 80K and 62 were renting single family properties in Manayunk Of note is the more than 70 of renter respondents in the Umbria Street sub area who reported that they have considered purchasing a place to live in Manayunk Length of Residence Almost 44 of survey respondents have lived in Manayunk for 25 years or more Over 40 have lived in Manayunk for fewer than 10 years and 26 for less than 5 years Manayunk Below the Cliffs had the largest proportion of new residents 33 have lived in Manayunk for less than 5 years while Hillside had the most long term residents 53 have lived in Manayunk for 25 years or more Reasons for Residing in Manayunk Almost 52 of respondents came to reside in Manayunk for family related reasons 38 were born and raised in the neighborhood 8 moved to Manayunk to be with a spouse or partner and 6 moved to be closer to other family members Another 41 came to Manayunk and liked what they saw Nearly one quarter of the respondents moved to Manayunk without any prior personal connection to the neighborhood and 16 reported that they were introduced to the area by

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  • LIFE IN MANAYUNK
    to move out of the neighborhood tended to be highly mobile younger or newer residents without the same neighborhood attachments Reasons for Moving Out of Manayunk For those who are planning to move the top three reasons cited by respondents are parking problems 23 the need for more living space 18 and job related reasons 16 These reasons were consistent across age income length of residence and proximity of residence to Main Street characteristics Dissatisfaction with the quality of area schools was the least frequently mentioned reason for households who are planning to move less than 7 The reasons given for wanting to move were also consistent among the survey sub areas with the top three reasons being parking problems space needs and job related In two areas some reasons were more strongly felt than others respondents from Manayunk Below the Cliffs mentioned parking problems 33 more frequently than the residents of other areas and Umbria Street residents cited the need for additional living space most frequently 30 Auto Ownership Based on the survey results there is a high degree of auto ownership in Manayunk Ninety percent of the respondent households had cars the comparable citywide rate was 62 in 1990 Of these over half 51 had more than one vehicle and 13 had three or more automobiles The comparable citywide rates were 34 and 6 respectively The average number of cars per respondent household for the survey area was 1 49 compared to the citywide average 1990 of 0 9 vehicles household This average varied only slightly by sub area ranging from 1 46 in Manayunk Below the Cliffs to 1 56 in the Umbria Street Neighbors sub area Very long term residents 35 years or more accounted for 31 of all vehicles reported followed by new residents less than 5 years with 28 Almost 60 of the multiple car households in Manayunk were very long term 30 or new 29 residents However no one length of residence group had a significantly disproportionate number of multiple car households The average number ranged from 1 52 cars per household among 10 14 year residents to 1 7 among residents who had lived in the neighborhood for less than 5 years Parking Overall 43 of the respondents reported that they usually parked their vehicles curbside on their block of residence an additional 21 usually parked within a block of their homes Nineteen percent reported the use of private off street spaces Only 6 admitted parking on the sidewalk and 7 reported usually having to park two or more blocks away from their homes Results in each of the sub areas basically reflected this overall pattern with only the Umbria Street Neighbors sub area reporting greater usage of off street spaces and less curbside block of residence parking Employment Location Approximately 90 of survey respondents reported being employed Of those somewhat more than 17 worked in the Manayunk neighborhood 82 worked elsewhere About one quarter of those who worked in the neighborhood

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  • NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES
    Enforcement 6 8 86 3 Commercial District Parking Garage 7 9 84 4 Regular Street Cleaning 3 14 83 5 More Visible Police Protection 5 19 77 Events and Festivals A majority of respondents expressed their approval for the five weekend festivals held in Manayunk during the year Without a doubt the First Union formerly CoreStates US Pro Bike Race is a major source of pride for the neighborhood with 77 of respondents saying that this event was liked or liked very much Approval ratings for the other four events ranged from 54 to 61 Disapproval of these events ranged from 11 to 16 of respondents Based on the comments written on completed questionnaires much of this disapproval has to do with restricting residents freedom of movement to from and within the neighborhood on event weekends as well as inadequate crowd control measures Table 7 Respondents Rating of Manayunk Events and Festivals of Respondents Rank Annual Events and Festivals Disapproval Neutral Approval 1 First Union formerly CoreStates US Pro Bike Race 11 12 77 2 Main Street Stroll 16 24 61 3 Canal Day 11 29 60 4 Manayunk Arts Festival 16 24 60 5 Indian Summer Feast 16 30 54 Participation in Civic Groups Only 9 of respondents indicated that they were active in neighborhood civic groups This degree of participation was consistent across the sub areas For those who are not active too busy don t have the time was the most frequently cited reason 39 This too was consistent across the sub areas Approximately one quarter of these inactive respondents cited the fact that they don t know enough about their civic group such as who they are or where and when they meet to become involved This suggests that Manayunk civic groups could tap a large pool of residents for involvement in the future by increasing neighborhood outreach and publicity efforts WRITE IN COMMENTS The Opinion Survey concluded with an opportunity for respondents to write in additional thoughts and comments A total of 728 write in comments were received roughly 45 of all survey responses Comments ranged from the humorous to the profane and from terse admonitions to detailed statements and recommendations for improving the Manayunk neighborhood Reviewing these comments gives the reader a very clear impression of what is on the minds of Manayunk s residents Listed below is a sample of the written in comments received grouped by the major issues affecting the Manayunk community The comments included here were selected to illustrate both the common concerns of Manayunk s residents as well as the diversity of opinions regarding the causes and potential solutions to these problems Traffic Parking This past year has been a parking nightmare especially Wednesday and Friday nights While there are parking lots open visitors choose instead to park for free on residential streets leaving few if any spaces for residents I would do a lot more shopping on Main Street if the traffic weren t so bad It s

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  • go to Main Street 14b If you are a Main Street visitor what is the most frequent reason for your visits check one item shop purchase goods and services go to a bar restaurant for dinner or a drink get take out fast food stroll go window shopping and people watching other describe 14c If you never visit Main Street what is the main reason for not going there check one item shops don t have the things I need too crowded no place to park too expensive other describe 15a How often do you use the Manayunk Canal towpath regular user more than once per week frequent user once a week on average occasional user twice a month or less never use the towpath 15b If you are a towpath user what is your most frequent use of the towpath check one item athletic activity biking running walking for fitness strolling bird watching fishing just sitting artistic pursuits walking my dog s other describe 15c If you never use the towpath what is the main reason for not going there check one item don t feel safe too much pollution poor air and or water quality too much litter and trash just not interested other describe 16 Considering the residential character of Manayunk how would you rate the neighborhood s circle one choice for each item a overall condition and appearance a 1 to 5 rating scale was used for each item b cleanliness c safety d taxes e quality of schools f affordability of housing g convenience to work and or school h places to shop for everyday needs i traffic and parking j public transit service k sense of community l residents as your neighbors m convenience to places of worship n parks and open space o public recreation facilities p other describe 17 From the items listed in Question 16 above what do you like best about living in Manayunk What do you dislike most about the neighborhood is what I like best about living in Manayunk select the letter for one item from question 16 is what I dislike most about living in Manayunk select the letter for one item from question 16 18 Considering the Main Street Commercial District how would you rate the District s circle one choice for each item a overall condition and appearance a 1 to 5 rating scale was used for each item b cleanliness c safety d lighting e traffic and parking f type of shops and services g number of bars restaurants clubs h amount of commercial development i growth as a tourist attraction j handicapped accessibility k other describe 19 From the items listed in Question 18 above what do you like best about Main Street What do you dislike most about Main Street is what I like best about Main Street select the letter for one item from question 18 is what I dislike most about Main Street select the letter for one item from

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  • MNC Membership
    5 Student Senior 15 Household 100 Patron 10 Individual 50 Business or Supporter Other Name Phone Address Email City State Zip Date Signature Make check payable to Manayunk Neighborhood Council and mail to PO Box 4667 Phila PA 19127 E

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