Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

In late May 2020 in response to the pandemic and public health restrictions, the City closed State Street in downtown from Haley to Sola streets to vehicular traffic on a temporary basis to create a pedestrian promenade, encourage shopping and facilitate outdoor dining.

Due to the strong community interest in this new downtown environment, the City Council formed a State Street Subcommittee to oversee the visioning effort for the future of Downtown State Street. To facilitate the visioning City staff have been meeting with a number of commissions, committees and stakeholder organizations to gather their feedback and input. More importantly, the City wants to hear from residents about what they envision for the future of Downtown State Street and has released an on-line survey in both English and Spanish. The survey will be open for the month of December. The survey is available at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/StateStreet


Late 1800’s, State Street dirt road with wooden sidewalks & a horse-drawn trolley

Additionally, Downtown Ambassadors will be conducting in person surveys on State Street and recording the responses on tablets. Examples of the questions that the community will be asked include: what can be improved on State Street, what issues should Council take into consideration and what would bring people downtown. The survey also asks residents what they hope State Street and downtown will be like in ten years and what they hope doesn’t change.

“We are asking the community to tell us what they believe Downtown State Street should be like, and what experiences and activities they would like to see on State Street in the future” said Councilmember Meagan Harmon, Chair of the State Street Subcommittee. “We are excited about what State Street can be and what our residents have to say.”

The community survey will be open all of December officially closing at midnight, Sunday, January 3, 2021. Staff will present the collective feedback to the State Street Subcommittee in January 2021. The subcommittee will be asked to create a vision statement based on the collective feedback received that defines the future of Downtown State Street for Council’s consideration. The vision statement will guide the decisions for the future of State Street.

The survey is available at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/StateStreet


State Street late 1950’s pre-State Street plaza

The public is invited to participate in the State Street Subcommittee meetings in January or view past meetings or presentations, the State Street Subcommittee webpage is https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/cityhall/council/default.asp

Comments and questions can be emailed to the State Street Subcommittee at [email protected]

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RHS Dec 03, 2020 06:28 PM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

OK., once again I tried to participate in this survey. I was impressed that at least this time they allowed a sort of "none of the above" answer. But my comments were rejected when I offered a view about the role that the bicycle lobby has in this. It was rejected because apparently I did not want to answer the loaded question about bicycle riders being entitled to "a safe" route somewhere. This is equivalent to the question "are you still beating your spouse." I do not want to be counted as someone who thinks the bicycle lobby has an absolute right, above all other interests, to such access. There are others, such as pedestrians, who have conflicting interests that should be respected but they were not represented in this survey.

a-1607107932 Dec 04, 2020 10:52 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

8:41a.m. : Your knee jerk reaction of "domestic violence" is sadly ignorant. The question is not about beating a spouse but about the nature of the question that does not allow a negative answer. It in no way condones domestic violence and it does not equate the bike lobby to such. Your comment is weirdly off point.

SBCountyLocal Dec 04, 2020 02:47 PM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

Character limits. That is the problem you ran into. I had the same problem and just had to take out some words from the answer I gave. - Share the survey with friends. AND demand that if Ambassadors and going to stand on State Street asking tourists for their answers that we tag them as tourists and we have Ambassadors in front of our local grocery stores in other areas of the taking surveys of residents. Locals are avoiding the place like the plague. Email your city council and city staff: [email protected], [email protected]

Ahchooo Dec 04, 2020 04:04 PM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

We are avoiding the place like the plague, as you say, because there’s a plague. Duh. I’ve had reason to travel, and have eaten out when on the road. But here at home I get takeout or cook at home.

mtndriver Dec 08, 2020 12:08 PM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

Whoa, people--apparently you aren't familiar with the question "when did you stop beating your spouse?" Us older folks recognize it as THE classic example of a loaded question. See the entry in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loaded_question

ZeroHawk Dec 10, 2020 09:43 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

RHS, perhaps its good that your idea was rejected...? I'm unsure what your problem is with bicycles...maybe you can't ride one? Well, let me be clear in stating that SB is a biking city and has always been. In fact, there are bike paths along the beach. Yes, that walkway with a line down the middle an arrows pointing in either direction to help people follow the flow of traffic. Those bike paths are taken over by people walking their dogs, walking side by side taking up the entire space and acting rude when cyclists come by. There is a sidewalk 10 feet away that is twice as large. I bring this up, because as a cyclist in town, we have been squeezed to the point of...well...where do we ride now? I've rode up and down state street since 1982. You wish to end that? You've got an uphill battle and I'll be on the front line to safeguard bike paths. We have bike lanes on State and there are signs that state some blocks, you must walk your bike. That's not enough for you? How is that equivelant to beating your spouse? That's a very obnoxious comparison. Pedestrians have plenty of space to walk freely. Maybe if said pedestrians were aware of their surroundings there would not be bike/ped collisions. I've seen quite a few downtown lately, all due to clueless people, not looking and stepping in front of a moving bike. Twice in a month on 3 different walks downtown. Whos at fault? The person stepping off of the sidewalk into oncoming 'traffic'...

LoveMySB Dec 04, 2020 08:49 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

I guess if they leave it the way it is, then our Fiesta & Solstice parades go away? I love our parades and has been part of our history for a long time. It would be sad to see these go away. Maybe we could move them over to Milpas Street.

915films Dec 04, 2020 12:47 PM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

When the Solstice Parade first started it was on State Street, until “Downtown” complained about the, God help us, unseemly debauched hippy cavalcade. So they moved it to Cabrillo Blvd. That lasted until “Downtown” realized how much money they pushed off of State Street and they brought it back, with open arms. If it’s parades you want, put them down on Cabrillo.

chico berkeley Dec 04, 2020 10:12 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

BOO.
I want State Street to be inviting to EVERYONE in Santa Barbara.
I made a comment 6 mos. ago about this becoming the NEW version of downtown with only bikes,restaurants and tourists taking over the street.
Right again.
TMFP

TJTom Dec 04, 2020 10:17 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

RHS,
Your point is correct and significant. I have experienced many "surveys" that include leading questions designed to lead people into supporting a pre-determined agenda.

RockwellBAD2 Dec 04, 2020 12:12 PM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

I just have to ask... What is the beneficial use of a survey that cannot be regulated? Granted a person can seemingly only be surveyed ONCE using the on-line survey (there are ways around being tagged as having already taken the survey via SurveyMonkey on a computer). But Downtown Ambassadors will be conducting in person surveys on State Street and recording the responses on tablets. Is there any verification of previous answers from the same person, either in person or on-line? I would love to "vote" twice, or thrice. Just saying. I do not have a strong position on the vision of downtown State Street. I LOVE the passion my/our community is expressing about the vision, but I just can't fathom the value of a survey that is NOT truly and factually useful. Councilmember Meagan Harmon, Chair of the State Street Subcommittee will hopefully correctly weigh the value of the potentially weighted survey. It's not about the vision, it is about the journey.

a-1607113254 Dec 04, 2020 12:20 PM
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Rockwell, the purpose of these surveys is window dressing. The questions are loaded and the people who review and summarize them have a point of view already. They are calculated solely to give the people in charge cover for the decisions they want to make, regardless of the feed back from the public.

Eggs Ackley Dec 07, 2020 07:39 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

Geez dude...election hangover or what?
Surveys like this mean diddly. The city has a desired outcome in hand, this is the dog and pony show is to demonstrate how they care. A pedestrian mall has been suggested many times over the years, officials are using the pandemic to force an agenda claiming special urgency. We’ll throw a bunch of money at this new VISION, like it is a burning bush in the wasteland of lower state. 10 years hence it’ll be seen as social engineering at its worst.
It’s pretty damn simple: reduce the presence of grifters, drifters, sidewalk crap takers, gutter pissers; pass an ordinance penalizing property owners for allowing vacant storefronts for more than six months. Oh, and forget about a pedestrian mall. The flavor of the month has no shelf-life.

Eggs Ackley Dec 07, 2020 07:45 AM
Future of Downtown State Street Community Survey

I was hoping for a few more bars, they seem to be successful, and contribute so much to our community. Everybody always seems so animated and HAPPY! More bars, tee shirts, and designer handbags. The locals are clamoring for it.

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