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New Haven to use online survey to improve downtown

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City of New Haven asking for people to help identify priorities and improvements to the New Haven downtown. (WFSB) City of New Haven asking for people to help identify priorities and improvements to the New Haven downtown. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

If you live, work or visit downtown New Haven, the city wants to hear from you. New Haven wants to identify priorities and improvements that it can address over the next five to ten years.

By using an online survey, New Haven hopes to reach out to and hear directly from those spending a lot of time here.

The Town Green Special Services District said more can be done to the downtown.

"We want to hear about their downtown experience, we want to hear what works, what doesn't work, what things people would like to see in downtown New Haven,” Win Davis, who is the executive director for Town Green District, said.

Davis said he hopes to get feedback with the short online survey.

"It will give us a much better idea of what the community is looking for, what opportunities they see and what challenges New Haven faces,” Davis said.

Six years ago, Davis said they started an initiative to jump-start retail downtown. He added the vacancy rates have gone down and now they're looking for the next step.

"How do you feel about cleanliness downtown, what are your feelings on the community, hospitality, our safety, how are we doing in those categories,” Davis said.

The idea is by hearing from folks who work, live, visit, or go to school downtown, will help to determine priorities and what improvements they can make downtown over the next five to ten years.

"Parking, I think more people would come here if there is better parking, easier to get at,” Julia Coppola, of East Haven, said.

"I think they're doing a good thing by having the concerts on the green, if they could have a little more, including the younger people,” New Haven resident Aaron Michelle said.

"We want to make this the best place it can possibly be and we can't do that without people's input,” Davis said.

The survey will be live for the next three weeks. To check out the survey, click here.

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