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This raises an interesting question. Some people move to a new home because of what the community is others move to a new community because of what they think it can become. The two often conflict.
For example, two responses in the study expressed a need for an outlet mall and six thought we needed box stores. Two responses opposed box stores. You can see the problem. There were over eighty suggestions for improved amenities in Queens. Some were beyond the ability of the region to accomplish (for example a new ferry) and others, like the examples given were in conflict. Many were vague such as “Chamber of Commerce needs to do something.” They didn’t say what they should do.
Even though 17 responses expressed overall satisfaction with Queens the respondents still saw room for improvement.
Unfortunately, there appears to have been no follow-up (none that I could find or the region would supply) to the survey or response to the concerns and opinions gathered. This, is typical of regional surveys. We ask questions but do not respond to the answers. How difficult would it have been to contact the survey participants to tell them why the region couldn’t or wouldn’t act on their suggestions?
This survey was not unique. We have paid for professionally done studies in the past but council hasn’t seen fit to explain their actions or inactions to the people who paid for them. Is it any wonder that many people just ignore the studies.
We know council will do its best (a frightening prospect in its own right) and we know they really care about the region but they often fail to engage the citizens in a meaningful dialogue. A survey is not a dialogue and should not be an end unto itself. A properly done survey not only asks questions but seeks to make sense of the answers.
To be fair, as was evidenced by the closing of the trestle, council does not always ignore a survey’s advice. It is regrettable that the trestle has refused to fall down on its own accord thereby justifying council’s and the engineers’ fears. Some times common sense will save money and embarrassment.
In the future, the region might consider a study of why we can’t or won’t do what the surveys tell us to do.
South Shore Public Libraries has an activity or two (or more!) just for you - Take a look and see what’s happening this week!
Story Time – September 15 – Thomas H. Raddall Library Adventure Club – September 15 – Thomas H. Raddall Library Art 4 Kids – September 12 – Margaret Hennigar Public Library
Soccer & Brazil lecture series – September 7, 14 – all town libraries Urban Sociology lecture series – September 8 – all town libraries Raddall Reading Club – September 12 – Thomas H. Raddall Library CAN video 1 – September 13 – Thomas H. Raddall Library Hello iPad – week 1 – September 14 – Thomas H. Raddall Library Seed Cleaning workshop – September 7 – Margaret Hennigar Public Library Bridgewater Writers – September 14 – Margaret Hennigar Public Library
Chess Club – September 7, 14 – Margaret Hennigar Public Library Gaming Unplugged! – September 13 – Margaret Hennigar Public Library
*All programs are free, but some require registration – please call your local library to find out more.
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