Last week, I asked people to take some time out of their busy schedules to complete a quick survey about investing in the City of Langley and our Downtown Core.
On the ground examples in Langley City and other Canadian city's show that bringing positive activities to an area reduces or eliminates negative activity, uplifts a community, and is more cost effective than increasing policing headcount.
Over the last few days, I’ve compiled the information from the survey, cleaned up the data to make sure that the answers were from people who live in the City of Langley (sorry Brookswood folks.) There were 223 people that responded to the survey with good representation from every neighbourhood in the City.
The first two pie charts show the level of support for more free, family-friendly public events in Downtown Langley, and a performing art centre.
|Would you support a performing art centre in Langley City? Select chart to view.|
|Would you support more free, family-friendly public events in Downtown Langley such a Arts Alive, the Food Truck Festival, Cruise-In, McBurney Summer Series, and a night market?|
As you can see, there is virtually 100% support for more events in our Downtown Core, and very strong support for a performing art centre in the City of Langley.
Nothing comes without a cost, so I was also interested in seeing if there was support for the City of Langley to invest additional property tax revenue for these initiatives.
|What additional property tax would you be willing to pay to support a performing art centre annually? Select chart to view.|
|What additional property tax would you be willing to pay to support having more free, family-friendly public events in Downtown Langley annually? Select chart to view.|
Again, there is strong support for both investing in a performing art centre and for more events in our Downtown Core.
When I ran for council, two of the things that I committed to do was to advocate to make Downtown Langley a destination, and to work towards building a performing art centre. The results of this survey confirms that these are some of the priorities for people who live in the City as well. I will continue to work on council to do what I can to move forward on these items.