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Borough’s getting better – poll

Borough’s getting better – poll

New York Daily News 7/20/2006

By Donald Bertrand

Illegal building conversions, overdevelopment and a shortage of parking top the list of quality-of-life concerns among Queens residents, according to a Citizens for NYC survey.

Meanwhile, neighborhood conditions remained stable or improved for 63% of the 83 residents and community leaders polled boroughwide.

The other 37% said their neighborhoods had taken a turn for the worse.

“It is extremely encouraging that our neighborhoods are experiencing a change for the better in quality of life,” said Peter Kostmayer, president of Citizens for NYC, a 30-year-old nonprofit agency.

“It is a testament to the hard work of our neighborhood activists, community groups and civic leaders,” he added.

Citywide, the top concerns voiced by concerned residents were street noise, litter and lack of programs for youth.

And what do Queens residents like most about their neighborhoods?

Based on the poll, it is proximity to public transportation, diversity of the population and nearness to parks or playgrounds.

The survey was conducted in May and June.