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But Why Do You Want Complete Streets?

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Actually, you probably just want better streets -- most of Dallas does. But a Complete Streets PowerPoint prepared for tomorrow's council briefing, during which redistricting will probably eat up most of the morning, reveals the findings of a Collective Strength survey conducted in August by Promark Research, during which 518 citizens were asked about their "perceptions and desires regarding transportation and streets."

The results can be found here, beginning on Page 30; you can scan the specifics for yourself. So let's jump right to The Bottom Line:

Significant opportunity exists in Dallas to gain widespread public support for Complete Streets if safety, health and economic development benefits are also emphasized along with maintenance of existing streets. The vast majority (over 90%) of surveyed residents support sustainable communities with more transportation choices, access to shops, schools and jobs close by, energy efficiency and improved air and water quality. The most important cited reasons for wanting Complete Streets include being safer, being healthier, boosting the economy and saving money on gas.

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