Sur­vey sheds light on where things stand in Rich­mond, what needs im­prove­ment

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY JUSTIN MATTINGLY

While res­i­dents of the Rich­mond re­gion have a gen­er­ally op­ti­mistic view of where the area stands, there are a num­ber of ar­eas that can be im­proved, ac­cord­ing to a new Rich­mond TimesDis­patch sur­vey re­leased last week.

Of more than 600 re­sponses, three top­ics re­ceived the most sup­port based on re­sponses from the re­spon­dents: unity, ed­u­ca­tion and the econ­omy. Re­spon­dents also said they’d like to see less crime and bet­ter trans­porta­tion.

The re­sults of the sur­vey, con­ducted on be­half of The Times-Dis­patch by the Wa­son Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy at Christo­pher Newport Univer­sity, were un­veiled last Tues­day at The TimesDis­patch’s 75th Pub­lic Square. The sur­vey

asked 601 ran­domly se­lected res­i­dents across the re­gion 10 ques­tions and some ope­nended ques­tions about what would make the re­gion a bet­ter place in which to live. It was con­ducted by phone Sept. 6-23 and had a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or mi­nus 4.4 per­cent­age points.

When res­i­dents of Rich­mond and the coun­ties of Ch­ester­field, Hanover and Hen­rico took part in the sur­vey, they were asked the fol­low­ing ques­tion: “I’m go­ing to read sev­eral goals that some peo­ple have sug­gested for the greater Rich­mond re­gion and I’d like you to tell me which one is the most im­por­tant to you.”

Here are 10 ways the area can im­prove, ac­cord­ing to sur­vey re­spon­dents, and the cur­rent state of each:

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