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Outreach Weekend Report
February 1-2, 2002
by Janni Sorensen
The first outreach weekend this semester was dedicated to data collection for
the development of a comprehensive plan for the South End Neighborhood.
initiate a Comprehensive Planning process in the South End Neighborhood, students
and local residents conducted a residential door-to-door survey. The primary
objective was to build a broad perspective of the resident's viewpoints and
activate South End resident's participation in improvements for their neighborhood.
60 households were surveyed. The survey consisted of eighty-eight questions
ranging from general opinions to specific information about economic- and area
conditions. Some of the results are summarized below:
- 40% of the residents surveyed report being "satisfied" with their present
housing. Yet, when asked about the overall housing conditions in South End,
almost half (49%) of residents stated that they would rate it as "less than
- A majority of 55% residents are homeowners. While a majority also believes
that they have a good housing stock there was a general preference for more
investment in the housing stock with 96% of residents reporting that they
would like to see new homes built in the area.
- Among the available public services, garbage removal and bus service ranked
highest in quality. While building demolition and animal control ranked the
lowest, suggesting a need to clear or rehabilitate dilapidated homes and detain
- In the social services category, job training, recreation/parks, youth
development, and drug and alcohol programs were rated as needing most the
- Almost half the goods and services, about 49% consumed by South End residents
is acquired in surrounding Illinois towns. While 30% is acquired in East Saint
Louis, as little as 14% in South End itself. 7% is also obtained from St.
Louis Metro Area
A Neighborhood Condition Survey was also completed this weekend. The study
area consists of about 2200 parcels. Some of the data collected is summarized
in the following section:
- There is a variety of land uses in the South End, but the two dominant land
uses are single family residential and vacant. They are respectively 43.9%
and 47.4%. There is a much smaller percentage for the largest land use, which
multi family residential at 2.3%.
- Of the total building stock in South End, 52.2% is in good condition and
29.0% is in fair condition. This means that about 20% of the housing stock
is in poorer condition. There are 42 dilapidated and 18 destroyed houses.
- The vacant land here is the most problematic area. Approximately 32% of
all property in South End is unmoved or in worse condition, but it is clearly
the vacant land that is pulling this number up.
- We found that there is trash on close to half the properties in South End.
On 5.0% of the property the trash is extensive. The biggest problems with
trash of course come from the vacant lands.
More photos from the weekend.
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Last modified: 13 February 2002, Deanna Koenigs