Graduate students at Hunter College are trying to get the word out about a Lower East Side research project they’re conducting.
It includes a survey that they’re encouraging people who live or work in the neighborhood to complete. According to one of the students, Emily Holloway, “Our objective is to conduct an economic/commercial survey of the neighborhood to assess the overall balance (or imbalance) of business and retail options, and propose actionable strategies to correct any imbalance.”
This is the second phase of a project that was commissioned by the Lower East Side Dwellers, a neighborhood block association. The first portion of the study, which focused on possible links between liquor license density and public health, came under criticism from some members of Community Board 3 earlier in the fall. Among other points, critics said the report did not represent a broad spectrum of opinions from the Lower East Side community. As one of Holloway’s fellow students explained at last night’s CB3 meeting, the goal this time around is to include as many different voices as possible.
People who live or work between Houston Street, Broome Street, Allen Street and Clinton Street are invited to participate in the survey. Here’s the link.