Midtown-St. Albans Area Plan Survey

The Midtown-St. Albans Area Plan is focused on examining issues and opportunities in the Midtown area. This survey will help us prioritize these issues based on your feedback. Thank you for your participation!

This map of Midtown shows the study area for this plan, which is outlined by the dashed green line. It generally extends from Six Forks Road in the west to Millbrook Road in the north, Atlantic Avenue in the east, and Six Forks and Crabtree Creek in the south.

City of Raleigh Poll:
First, a quick question about how you experience the area.
I live here
70%
I pass through this area on my way to another destination
22%
I visit here
21%
I work here
16%
Other
4%
I would like to live here
2%
Closed to responses | 542 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What street do you live on?
Closed for Comments

TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS

City of Raleigh Poll:
Transportation is an important issue in Midtown, and the study will likely include recommendations for transportation improvements. Often, these improvements involve trade-offs between vehicle traffic flow and making it safer for pedestrians. Which, if either, is a higher priority for you?
These are equally important and should be balanced.
57%
It is more important to have pedestrian safety and comfort, even if that doesn't make it easier to drive around the area.
32%
It is more important to make it easier and faster to drive around the area, even if that makes it more difficult for pedestrians.
11%
Closed to responses | 441 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What is the best way to address traffic issues in Midtown?
Some combination of the above.
50%
Improving the efficiency of the existing street network (e.g., through signal timing.)
23%
New street connections, particularly in redeveloping commercial areas, to take some of the load off major roads.
17%
Widening existing main roads.
7%
Traffic issues are not a priority for me.
3%
Closed to responses | 423 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Is speeding an issue in the area?
Traffic speed is not an issue.
35%
Higher speeds on both major and neighborhood streets is an issue (if so, which streets.)
32%
Higher speeds on neighborhood streets is an issue (if so, which streets.)
27%
Higher speeds on major streets is an issue (if so, which streets.)
6%
Closed to responses | 393 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Where are the worst problems for traffic in Midtown? Please name up to three streets and/or intersections.
Closed for Comments
City of Raleigh Poll:
Do you currently feel comfortable walking or riding a bicycle in Midtown?
Not comfortable at all.
46%
Somewhat comfortable.
46%
Completely comfortable.
7%
Closed to responses | 399 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I would walk or ride a bicycle around Midtown more than I do now if there were more/better facilities such as crosswalks, continuous sidewalks, and protected bicycle lanes than there are now.
Strongly agree.
55%
Somewhat agree.
23%
Neither agree nor disagree.
11%
Strongly disagree.
7%
Somewhat disagree.
5%
Closed to responses | 403 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Where are the worst problems for people walking or bicycling in Midtown? Please name up to three streets and/or intersections.
Closed for Comments
City of Raleigh Poll:
How often do you ride public transit (GoRaleigh or GoTransit buses) in Midtown?
Never
78%
Rarely
15%
Sometimes
5%
Often
1%
Closed to responses | 407 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Please rank the following changes that would potentially increase your use of public transit in Midtown from the most influential factor to the least?
If buses came more frequently.
68%
If there were a bus stop or route closer to my home or usual destinations.
66%
There is nothing that would make it more likely for me to take the bus.
62%
If buses traveled faster via separate travel lanes.
54%
If there were more amenities at the bus stop or on the bus.
53%
Closed to responses | 160 Responses

HOUSING AND LAND USE QUESTIONS

Illustration of height and space transition between taller mixed-use buildings and smaller residential buildings, akin to what can be seen between North Hills and St. Albans Dr.

City of Raleigh Poll:
The illustration above shows an example of a height and space transition between taller mixed-use buildings and smaller residential buildings. How well do you think transitions are working in Midtown?
Reasonably well.
52%
Not very well - a more gradual transition is needed.
36%
Transitions are not important.
12%
Closed to responses | 367 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What is the ideal maximum height of a building next to or across the street from smaller residential houses and/or smaller buildings in Midtown?
Three stories
39%
Four or five stories
32%
More than seven stories
11%
Six or seven stories
10%
Something else
7%
Closed to responses | 358 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Midtown, like the rest of Raleigh, is experiencing population growth. Please check all of the options for accommodating new residents that you agree with.
Allow housing options like granny flats and backyard cottages, even if that means new structures are built.
49%
Allow more townhomes, even in areas where detached houses currently exist.
45%
Create more single-family homes, even if they are on smaller lots.
43%
Allow more apartments and condominiums, even if that means new buildings are constructed that are larger and taller.
41%
Allow duplexes, triplexes, and four-unit buildings that are the same scale as detached houses, even if that means some existing houses are converted to multiple units.
36%
Accommodate population growth somewhere else, even if that means more new homes are built on the edges of the city and more and longer car trips in the city and region.
27%
Closed to responses | 340 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Which of the following statements describe your view about the future of residential neighborhoods in Midtown? (Select all that apply.)
New houses are fine, as long as they are not much larger than nearby houses.
53%
Duplexes, triplexes, and four-unit buildings are fine, as long as they are not much larger than nearby houses.
33%
New houses are fine, regardless of their size or appearance
32%
Existing residential neighborhoods should not change at all.
15%
Duplexes, triplexes, and four-unit buildings are fine, regardless of their size or appearance.
12%
Closed to responses | 335 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Of the following issues, which are the top three the Midtown plan should address? Please select up to three options.
Safety/Comfort for walking or bicycling.
52%
Effect of traffic on neighborhood streets
44%
Preserving the existing character of residential neighborhoods.
34%
Stormwater control/Flooding reduction.
31%
Housing affordability.
28%
Parks and open space.
28%
Streetscape improvements (e.g., street trees, benches, lighting.)
25%
Getting around by car.
23%
The design of new development (e.g., how close it is to the street, visibility of parking.)
18%
Transitions between taller, mixed use areas and lower-scale residential areas.
16%
Getting around in public transportation.
12%
Closed to responses | 355 Responses

PUBLIC SPACES AND AMENITIES QUESTIONS

City of Raleigh Poll:
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The quality and number of parks in Midtown should be improved, even if that means higher taxes.
Somewhat agree.
34%
Strongly agree.
26%
Neither agree nor disagree.
18%
Strongly disagree.
11%
Somewhat disagree.
10%
Closed to responses | 350 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
If improvements were to be made to the public parks in and around Midtown, how should they be prioritized? Please rank the improvements below from most important to least important. Feel free to leave specific suggestions in the comments section.
More well-connected to their surroundings.
82%
Accommodate more uses and visitors.
82%
A new public park is needed.
66%
Closed to responses | 203 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Have you experienced problems with stormwater or flooding in Midtown?
No
64%
Yes (please indicate where in the comments)
36%
Closed to responses | 310 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Of the following infrastructure improvements, which three should be prioritized in the Midtown plan? Please select up to three options.
Pedestrian/bicycle safety and comfort improvements, such as greenways, sidewalks, and protected bicycle lanes.
69%
Road projects that create a more connected street network (new street connections where they currently don’t exist.)
37%
Parks and open space.
37%
Road projects that increase vehicle capacity on existing streets such as widening.
33%
Transit frequency, infrastructure, and amenities.
30%
Stormwater/flooding controls.
27%
Traffic calming projects such as speed humps.
26%
Affordable housing.
24%
Closed to responses | 335 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?
Closed for Comments

The following questions ask about you and your background. This information allows us to get a sense of who our survey has reached and what issues might be more important in different parts of the study area. Please note that your responses will be used solely for data collection and will be visible only to the survey administrator. These questions are optional.

City of Raleigh Poll:
What is the closest cross street/intersection to you?
Closed for Comments
City of Raleigh Poll:
Approximately how long have you lived at your current address?
Closed for Comments
City of Raleigh Poll:
Do you rent or own your current residence?
Own
88%
Rent
13%
Closed to responses | 320 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What is your age?
35-44 years old
27%
65+
19%
25-34 years old
18%
55-64 years old
18%
45-54 years old
15%
18-24 years old
2%
Under 18
0%
Closed to responses | 331 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What is your highest level of education completed?
Graduate degree or professional degree
44%
Bachelor's degree
42%
Some college, no degree
9%
Associate's degree
5%
High school diploma/GED
0%
Less than a high school diploma
0%
Closed to responses | 326 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What is your marital status?
Married/Domestic Partnership
77%
Single
14%
Divorced
6%
Widowed
2%
Separated
0%
Closed to responses | 325 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
Which of the following best describe(s) your racial identity? (Select all that apply.)
White/Caucasian
91%
Other (feel free to self-identify in the comments)
4%
Black/African American
3%
Asian
2%
Hispanic or Latino/a
1%
Closed to responses | 312 Responses
City of Raleigh Poll:
What is your approximate household income, after taxes?
$100,000 or more
55%
$50,000-$74,999
15%
$75,000-$99,999
15%
$35,000-$49,999
8%
$20,000-$34,999
4%
<$20,000
2%
Closed to responses | 287 Responses

Conclusion

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We have registered your inp[ut and hope you continue to stay involved. To stay informed about the project, go to raleighnc.gov and use the keyword: “Midtown” to search for the project page. There you can sign up for email updates to keep you informed about the progress.