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October 18th, 2012, 9:55 am
New Yorkers see employment concerns, public safety, housing and the cost of living as the greatest challenges to living happily in New York City, according to the 2012 MAS Survey on Livability, which was released this morning at the MAS Summit for New York City and reported in The New York Times.
While life in the Big Apple is generally good, say 84% of those polled, more than one fifth of New Yorkers are worried about employment (22%) and safety (21%) – slightly more than those who are concerned about that perennial source of anxiety among New Yorkers: housing (19%).
The MAS Survey on Livability, conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, asks New Yorkers what they think about their city.
MAS President Vin Cipolla said, “The MAS Survey on Livability is a roadmap for how to build a better city. We hope it precipitates discussions, starting with this year’s MAS Summit for New York City, among everyone in the public and private sectors working to make this amazing city ever more vibrant and livable for all New Yorkers.”
The survey questions focused on overall satisfaction with life in New York; whether individual neighborhoods provide adequate access to public transportation and affordable housing and offer sufficient community and cultural amenities like libraries, parks, museums and theaters; and what New Yorkers think the city should invest in going forward.
A report of the major findings is available for download, but some survey highlights include:
Download the report of the survey’s major findings and the data banners. Vin Cipolla’s survey presentation is viewable below.
MAS is grateful to The Rockefeller Foundation for its ongoing support of this important initiative and to New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs for its support of the survey questions related to the arts.
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