By edhat staff
The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the State Street Promenade and housing community survey results.
Earlier this month, local architects launched a “2020 Design Charrette to Reinvigorate, Reinvent, Reimagine, and Repurpose” Santa Barbara’s downtown area.
AIA states the “Charrette” consists of 16 design teams who will apply their expertise to envision a future Downtown Santa Barbara. The community survey was meant to inform the designers as they solve problems and illustrate new ideas for downtown.
“Our assumptions about large retail and office space as the foundation of our downtowns are being shattered. The level of interest and concern about downtown Santa Barbara’s health is demonstrated by the nearly 5,000 survey responses the AIA has received and the 150+ design professionals who will volunteer their time this month and next to ‘Repurpose, Reimagine, Reuse, and Reenvision Downtown State Street,’” said Architect Dennis Thompson.
Approximately 4,800 survey responses were received in English and Spanish with 98% of respondents living in Santa Barbara’s South Coast. Over 24% of people were over 65 years of age, 20% in the 25 to 34 age range, and 18% in the 35 to 44 range.
Over 93% of respondents supported the idea of permanently closing part of State Street to vehicular traffic in one form or another. Results were closer when it included cyclists with 56% approving the promenade for bicyclists as well as pedestrians and 35% favoring only pedestrian use.
The top four categories for long-term activities on State Street included dining, music, art, and places to sit.
Perhaps the most debated issue of downtown development is the incorporation of high-density housing. 63% of respondents approved the idea of more housing in the downtown State Street area. The majority of support was geared toward small one to two-bedroom rental units capped at no higher than three stories in height.
The majority of respondents stated they would need a car if living downtown and would pay extra for a parking space.
The full list results are available here.