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Diving Into The 2014 Inner Sunset Neighborhood Character Survey

Hoodline by Walter Thompson

February 12, 2015

Last night, Tani Elliott, a planner with the Port of San Francisco, presented the results of an Inner Sunset neighborhood character survey she conducted in 2014. Elliott shared her findings in an open house hosted by Inner Sunset Park Neighbors, a non-profit group that helped promote the survey.

Elliott gathered the data in pursuit of her Master’s in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. “I’d put it out there to people I was working with previously that I was interested in working directly with a community that was undergoing some change,” she said.

According to an ISPN statement, 1,000 respondents received the survey, which asked about “housing, transit, parking, biking, parks and community space, our commercial district and sense of community.”

In the meeting, ISPN members brainstormed ideas for using data from Elliott’s survey to create an Inner Sunset master plan similar to the Sunset Blueprint released by Supervisor Katy Tang in 2014. Board member Andrea Jadwin said the survey was “an opportunity to get broader feedback, find common ground, and be more efficient at City Hall.”

Elliott said she selected the Inner Sunset specifically because it’s not a prime location for development. “We’ve done this whole eastern neighborhoods plan, we’ve projected that we think there’s going to be a lot of growth on that side of the city, but people aren’t really talking about the western side of the city.”

The survey, which has a 6.5 percent margin of error, received 250 responses. Some top-level numbers:

  • 96 percent of respondents are satisfied with living in the Inner Sunset
  • About two-thirds say the area’s housing density is “just right”
  • 95 percent said they “feel at home,” and 75% know their neighbors
  • One-third of all residents do all or most of their essential shopping close to home
  • 92 percent visit Golden Gate Park more than once a month, while 50 percent attend the Inner Sunset Farmer’s Market and 25 percent use the parklet in front of Arizmendi Bakery in the same timeframe.

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