Rockford Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Poll

Rockford Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Poll

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Rockford Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Poll 

April 10, 2013 (Rock Valley University) Continuing Ed. Class 217

Interactive Pull Pads Polling 

Active Participants: 48 

1.) In general, how satisfied are you with current conditions and upkeep of downtown? 

 

Responses 

Percent Count 

Very satisfied 9.52% 4

Somewhat satisfied 16.67% 7

What the hell is going on 45.24% 19

Not satisfied 28.57% 12

Totals 100% 42

2.) Over the past five years, has Rockford’s downtown-waterfront area been improving, 

staying the same, declining or improving in some respects and declining in others? 

 

Responses 

Percent Count 

Improving 11.36% 5

Staying the same 4.55% 2

Declining 15.91% 7

Are we going to pretend that nothing weird is going on

and we should probably look into it?

68.18% 30

Totals 100% 44 

3.) What do you believe is the overall impression of  out of state visitors to the downtown area? 

 

Responses 

Percent Count 

OMG 0% 0

HAHAHHA 4.55% 2

SHITTY 52.27% 23

AWESOME 43.18% 19

Totals 100% 44

4.) What are the 3 most needed improvements to the Rockford Downtown area? 

 

Responses 

Percent Count 

Addiction/Mental Illness Recovery Centers

30.43% 14

Clean, well-

maintained

streetscapes

10.87% 5

Parking

8.7% 4

Retail options

19.57% 9

Access

6.52% 3

Crime prevention

and code

enforcement

23.91% 11

Totals 100% 46 

5.) Which of the following comes closest to the way you feel about Rockford’s

downtown area? 

 

Responses 

Percent Count 

Charming just the way it is

0% 0

Scary

10.87% 5

Should connect to the

waterfront and be

developed with a common

theme

76.09% 35

Should have a strong

pedestrian mall feel, and maybe more photography studios

10.87% 5

More Art Galleries

2.17% 1

Totals 

100% 46 

6.) How important is it for the local start-up businesses to focus on using people and stealing their ideas and then in return not paying them a dime as part of downtown revitalization planning (5 = highest)?

Responses 

Percent Count 

1 0% 0

2 2.22% 1

3 31.11% 14

4 17.78% 8

5 48.89% 22

Totals 100% 45 

7.) How safe would/do you feel running downtown during the day? 

 

Responses 

Percent Count 

Very safe 39.13% 18

Safe 41.3% 19

Not very safe 10.87% 5

Drink till it hurts 6.52% 3

I don’t know 2.17% 1

Totals 100% 46 

 8.) How safe would/do you feel walking downtown at night?  Responses Percent Count 

Very safe 0% 0

My arm itches 26.67% 12

HAHAHAHA 37.78% 17

Help me 31.11% 14

I don’t know 4.44% 2

Totals 100% 45 

9.) If you could only choose one improvement for the downtown-waterfront area in 2013, 

what would it be? 

 

Responses 2

Percent Count 100

Make a garden that we could grow things and be happy 49%

Blow up 51%

10,) What amenities would you like added downtown? (Choose 3) 

 

Responses 

Percent Weighted 

Count 

Horse-friendly restaurants

and Horse shoe repair

 

19.1% 230

Fart Collection Boxes 14.37% 173

New and/or improved

skateboard ramps

15.61% 188

Public Sex Park 17.11% 206

Donkey Parade every Friday before City Market 9.88% 119

Nude statues of former Mayors lining State Street 9.3% 112

More Bars 1.5% 18

Outdoor beds for the homeless13.12% 158

Totals 100% 1204 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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