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City Seeks Public Input on the 2012 Quality of Life Study Changes

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

(Charlotte, N.C.) -- Neighborhood & Business Services is seeking public input on proposed revisions to the 2012 Quality of Life Study, performed under contract with University of North Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC) Metropolitan Studies Institute. The Quality of Life Study is used extensively in the City to help determine programs and services as well as allocate resources.
The City of Charlotte invites citizens to attend an upcoming meeting which will inform the public about the proposed boundaries of the new Neighborhood Profile Areas, which align with census boundaries to capture new census information and increase the number of areas for which data is collected. 

In previous years, the Quality of Life Study divided the City and into 173 Neighborhood Statistical Areas (NSA). Each NSA contained one or more neighborhoods or subdivisions. The study examined 20 neighborhood variables in each NSA mostly collected from local databases maintained by the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The research converted the individual statistical values into NSA neighborhood ranking categories – stable, transitioning and challenged. 
The meetings will also provide an update on new energy data being collected and will solicit input on other variables the community would like to explore incorporating into the 2012 Quality of Life Study, essentially answering the question, “What does quality of life mean in your neighborhood?”.
Dates and host locations across the City have been secured for four public forums:

Southeast District
Tuesday, June  21, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial United Methodist Church, 4012 Central Avenue
Munday Hall

Northeast District
Thursday, June 23, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
University YMCA, 8100 Mallard Creek Road

Northwest District
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road
Black Box Theatre
Southwest District
Thursday, June 30, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Southview Rec Center, 1720 Vilma Street
If you are unable to attend one of the public meetings, citizens may email questions or comments to qualityoflife@charlottenc.gov.  
Feedback will be recorded and incorporated into the final proposal from UNCC for the 2012 Quality of Life Report which will go before the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee and Council this summer.
To learn more about Charlotte’s Quality of Life Study and the proposed changes, visit: http://nbs.charlottenc.gov or contact Randy Harris at rgharris@charlottenc.gov or 704-353-0201.