Cape Town CBD launches 2017 residential survey

Cape Town CBD launches 2017 residential survey

Cartwright’s Corner (left) and The Piazza on Adderley Street are landmarks in the Cape Town CBD.

Picture: Carola Koblitz

Residential communities are often the heart of a vibrant downtown – particularly in the after hours – so what these communities think about where they live and what they would like to see in their urban environment can reveal important messaging for the planning of everything from new retail options to the right type of residential development that will attract more people into the area.

Since 2013 the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) has been conducting annual online residential surveys to find out what people living in the CBD and its immediate surrounding areas are thinking, and the latest has just been launched.

CCID chief executive, Tasso Evangelinos, says residents of the Central City and the streets immediately neighbouring the CBD are invited to participate.

“Besides asking their opinion on where and how they live, we also want to find out where they spend their leisure hours and, of course, where they do their shopping. This enables us to confirm that the right amenities exists where needed, and encourage the development of new opportunities.

Carola Koblitz, CCID communications manager, says: “We believe the survey is undertaken by a sample of only around 5% to 10% of the potential residential community living in the areas surveyed. Nevertheless, while we always stress that this a dipstick result, the interest in each year’s survey results is always huge.

“Last year’s survey appeared in our 2016 report, and enabled us to see who lives in which of our four precincts. We are very aware that this information has been used extensively, from those looking to opening retail establishments ranging from bespoke shops to chain stores, to those looking for the best areas in which to live and what they wish to be close to.”

Evangelinos says the CCID encourages all residents living in the area surveyed to participate.

“This is their opportunity to tell us what they think and to be heard as a collective voice, so that those who could make a difference to the offerings for residents in the Central can take note.

“If you live in one of the areas we’re looking to survey, we’d be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. We estimate that it will take about 10 to 15 minutes of your time.

“If there are any questions you don’t feel comfortable answering, just leave them blank. You’ll also get an opportunity at the end of the survey to add your own comments on any topics you think weren’t covered by the questions.”

By giving the CCID input on the Cape Town Central City’s residential environment all participants will also be given the chance to win one of three cash prizes in a draw: The first prize is R1 500, second prize is R1 000, and third prize R500.

The 2017 CCID residential survey is accessible online and will be open until end of business on December 8. To participate, visit