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This is the PowerPoint presentation given by Manisha Bewtra at the Open House and Public Forum in Downtown Lynn on May 23, 2013. Much of the presentation included questions for audience participation …

This is the PowerPoint presentation given by Manisha Bewtra at the Open House and Public Forum in Downtown Lynn on May 23, 2013. Much of the presentation included questions for audience participation using electronic keypad polling devices, and the bar graphs included here are the responses of participants. Written responses and quotes from the Open House portion of the evening are in a separate document entitled "What You Said!"

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  • 1. What’s Next for Downtown Lynn? Open House and Public Forum to Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn 5:30-8:30pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 Lynn Museum
  • 2. S LYNN
  • 3. Who’s in the room?
  • 4. Which of these is your favorite thing to eat? 1 2 3 4 5 6 22% 17% 26% 17% 11% 7% 1. Rice and beans 2. Hamburger 3. Pupusas 4. Kung pao chicken 5. Fish and chips 6. Macaroni and cheese
  • 5. What is your age? 1 2 3 4 5 6 12% 19% 5%7% 26% 31% 1. 0 - 19 2. 20 - 34 3. 35 - 44 4. 45 - 54 5. 55 – 64 6. 65 or more
  • 6. How do you identify yourself? 1 2 3 4 5 6 76% 0% 0% 2% 17% 5% 1. White 2. Asian 3. Black or African American 4. Hispanic or Latino 5. Multiracial 6. Other
  • 7. What is the main language you speak at home? 1 2 3 4 5 6 77% 16% 5% 2%0%0% 1. English 2. Spanish 3. Portuguese 4. Chinese dialect 5. Haitian Creole 6. Other
  • 8. What is your annual household income? 1 2 3 4 5 6 23% 10% 13% 20%20% 15% 1. $0 - $19,999 2. $20,000 - $34,999 3. $35,000 - $54,999 4. $55,000 - $84,999 5. $85,000 - $139,999 6. $140,000 or more
  • 9. Do you own a home or rent? 1 2 3 4 5 31% 7% 10% 29% 24% 1. I own a single family home 2. I own a multi-family home (e.g., triple- decker) 3. I own a condominium or townhouse 4. I rent my home or apartment 5. Other (none)
  • 10. Where do you live? 1 2 3 22% 32% 46% 1. I live in Downtown Lynn. 2. I live in Lynn outside Downtown. 3. I do not live in Lynn.
  • 11. Do you own property in Lynn? 1 2 3 18% 60% 23% 1. Yes, in Downtown Lynn. 2. Yes, but not in Downtown. 3. No.
  • 12. Do you own a business in Lynn? 1 2 3 20% 63% 18% 1. Yes, in Downtown Lynn. 2. Yes, but not in Downtown. 3. No.
  • 13. Where do you work or go to school? 1 2 3 4 5 37% 15% 12% 34% 2% 1. In Downtown Lynn. 2. In Lynn, but outside of 3. Downtown. 4. Outside Lynn. 5. I do not currently work and I am not in school.
  • 14. Which affiliation best describes you tonight? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8% 5% 5% 23% 28% 18% 15% 1. I am a real estate developer, broker, or agent. 2. I work for the City of Lynn, LHAND, or EDIC. 3. I work for a health, service, or advocacy organization. 4. I work for an arts organization. 5. I work at a Downtown restaurant, shop, or other business. 6. I am unaffiliated tonight. 7. None of the above.
  • 15. Have we met? 1 2 3 4 5 6 15% 0% 38% 8% 13% 26% 1. Yes, I participated in Team of Advisors Meetings. 2. Yes, I participated in the Downtown Lynn Data Walk. 3. Yes, I met MAPC staff at an event. (LACC, RAW, NSLBA) 4. Yes, we had a small group or one-on-one meeting. 5. Yeah, I saw you on the street or in a shop and we talked! 6. No, this is the first time.
  • 16. Zoning,LandUse,andPlanningAnalysis Geographic Data Policies and People Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn:
  • 17. Why “Build on the Vision”? What is the vision? • Waterfront Master Plan • Washington Street/Sagamore Hill Gateway District Plan • Downtown/Market Street Vision Plan • Northeastern Economic Development Assessment Tool • Downtown Lynn Cultural District • Recent investments and zoning changes
  • 18. How familiar are you with these previous and current efforts? 1 2 3 32% 30% 38% 1. Very familiar 2. Somewhat familiar 3. Not very familiar
  • 19. Our conversations with community representatives
  • 20. MAPC has met with… • Team of Advisors • City departments, agencies, and officials • Downtown businesses, business associations, and developers • Community-based nonprofit and religious organizations • Arts and cultural organizations • Academic and health institutions • Residents
  • 21. What we have heard: Community leadership and coordination • Pride for Lynn and enthusiasm for its future • City and agency staff show up when invited • Lynn nonprofits offer many resources • Communication, coordination not transparent • Need to cultivate more community leaders
  • 22. What we have heard: Development Successes and Challenges • City has made targeted investments • Zoning is dated, confusing, sometimes contradictory, both restrictive and permissive • Fear that zoning changes will lead to loss of control • Permitting and enforcement uneven • Lack of predictability for developers, investors • Big picture, coordinated approach needed for planning and development
  • 23. What we have heard: Downtown assets and challenges • Desire to make Downtown an arts, culture, dining destination • Need to embrace existing destination businesses • Need to capitalize on location • Embrace Downtown’s diversity • Lynn’s subsidized housing is concentrated here • Need to increase tax base and disposable income flowing through Downtown
  • 24. What do you want to see in Downtown Lynn?
  • 25. My favorite thing about Downtown Lynn is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 13% 23% 26% 3% 13% 23% 1. That the commuter rail comes here. 2. Its historic architecture. 3. Its arts and culture scene. 4. Its variety of restaurants. 5. Lynn Auditorium. 6. Its multicultural diversity.
  • 26. My 2nd favorite thing about Downtown Lynn is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 17% 14% 14%14% 28% 14% 1. That the commuter rail comes here. 2. Its historic architecture. 3. Its arts and culture scene. 4. Its variety of restaurants. 5. Lynn Auditorium. 6. Its multicultural diversity.
  • 27. My 3rd favorite thing about Downtown Lynn is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 22% 19% 11% 4% 33% 11% 1. That the commuter rail comes here. 2. Its historic architecture. 3. Its arts and culture scene. 4. Its variety of restaurants. 5. Lynn Auditorium. 6. Its multicultural diversity.
  • 28. The businesses and services in Downtown serve the needs of Lynn’s diverse population. 1 2 3 4 5 12% 26% 18% 32% 12% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 29. Do you feel safe walking in Downtown during the day? 1 2 3 49% 9% 43% 1. Very Safe 2. Somewhat Safe 3. Not Safe
  • 30. Do you feel safe walking in Downtown during the evening? 1 2 3 24% 21% 56% 1. Very Safe 2. Somewhat Safe 3. Not Safe
  • 31. Downtown Lynn offers an attractive, inviting environment for walking around. 1 2 3 4 5 3% 12% 15% 41% 29% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 32. I would like to live in Downtown as it is now. 1 2 3 4 5 22% 13% 19% 47% 0% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 33. Which amenity do you think Downtown needs most? 1 2 3 4 5 21% 9% 3% 38% 29% 1. Activities and destinations for families. 2. Parks and other places to gather safely. 3. More dining and entertainment options. 4. More attractive streets, sidewalks, buildings, and lots. 5. More services in within walking distance.
  • 34. I would like to live in Downtown if there were more amenities. 1 2 3 4 5 28% 28% 6% 19%19% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 35. When you think about Downtown’s future, what concerns you most? 1 2 3 4 5 16% 13% 13% 16% 42% 1. Downtown will be too “high end”/upscale. 2. Downtown will be too “low end”/cheap. 3. Existing businesses won’t survive if things don’t change. 4. Existing businesses won’t survive if things stay the same. 5. The things that are “cool” about Downtown will change.
  • 36. What is the biggest barrier in the way of a thriving future for Downtown? 1 2 3 4 5 6 6% 21% 27% 21% 18% 6% 1. Downtown is hard to navigate. 2. Regulations and politics make new development harder. 3. It is hard to find parking. 4. Empty buildings and environmental hazards. 5. The perception people have of Lynn. 6. Not being able to attract people to spend their money here.
  • 37. I would like to see more residential development in Downtown Lynn. 1 2 3 4 5 44% 31% 0% 3% 22% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 38. I would like to see more “mixed use” development with retail, office, and residential. 1 2 3 4 5 68% 26% 0% 3%3% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 39. I would like to see more shopping, eating and entertainment options in Downtown Lynn. 1 2 3 4 5 75% 19% 0%0% 6% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 40. This area should become a regional entertainment, dining, and shopping destination. 1 2 3 4 5 56% 38% 0%0% 6% 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Not Sure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  • 41. I came here tonight because: 1 2 3 4 5 10% 14% 28% 3% 45% 1. I want to start a business or renovate a property. 2. I want to get involved in neighborhood activities. 3. I am really excited about Downtown’s future. 4. I want to meet new people. 5. I want to participate in a civic process.
  • 42. What’s Next for Downtown Lynn? Tell us!