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DHCA SURVEY RESULTS REFLECT NEIGHBORHOOD ENJOYMENT & CONCERNS

In November 2012 the Druid Hills Civic Association conducted its first major neighborhood survey since 1999. Respondents totaled 650 or 14% of the 4,622 households within the boundaries of Druid Hills. Among respondents, 225 were DHCA members, 323 were not members, and 102 were former members.

Members and prior members have lived in the neighborhood much longer, are much older, and have the fewest number of children living at home.  

All three groups – current members, non-members, and former members – cited the following top three reasons for living in Druid Hills: beauty, proximity to work, and stable property values. These were followed by amenities, sense of community, quality of schools, historical significance, proximity to friends, low crime rate, and prestige.

The DHCA conducted the survey in part to understand community awareness and opinions about its work. Eighty-three percent of non-members knew of the organization. The top three reasons for not being a member were: “I don’t know what they do for the community,” “I prefer to support the community in other ways,” and “I don’t know how to become a member.” In contrast, the top three reasons for current DHCA members were: “They [DHCA] help to maintain and enhance the character of our neighborhood,” “It is a way for me to support the community,” and “I like some of the things they do for the community.”

The survey asked about potential new initiatives by the DHCA.  One-third or more of members and non-members asked for regular email alerts (85% and 80%), street parties or gatherings (42% and 55%), new resident receptions 46% and 46%), and that the DHCA become a 501(c)3 so that supporters could claim tax deductions (46% and 39%). Other requests by members included (in no particular order): a neighborhood-wide event, pursue annexation to Atlanta, sell sweatshirts, better education about historical designation, curtail Emory expansion, support the Druid Hills Patrol, welcome packages, improve sidewalks and lighting, and improve the website.

Non-members offered a multitude of suggestions, with 12 focusing on building restrictions and the COA process related to Druid Hills’ historic designation. Other ideas included: creating a community farm, garden or pool, better security surveillance, more email news, online information about community resources, and explore City of Atlanta annexation.

For more information on becoming a member, please refer to your latest copy of the Druid Hills News or visit http://druidhills.org/join-the-dhca/.

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