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University To Study Residents' Visions Of Beatties Ford Corridor

Johnson C. Smith University is embarking on a study of the Beatties Ford Corridor to find out what vision residents have for their community. Charlotte's most recent Quality of Life Study categorized many of the neighborhoods along the stretch as challenged since many struggle with crime and low home values. Sherrill Hampton, Johnson C. Smith's Director of Community Development says this study will give residents a voice in the community's revitalization. "The goal of the survey is to really give us public opinion data that we can overlay with socio-economic data that's existing to help formulate a plan of action that is around what the residents feel they want," says Hampton. The survey by Gallup will ask residents about a variety of topics that include health care, economic development, and arts and culture. Hampton hopes that will give city leaders more ideas on how residents want to revitalize the neighborhoods where they live. The survey is expected to be completed by February. The university says it will cost about $90,000