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“Friends of Old Beijing” Periodic Research Results: Resident Interviews

During our hutong survey within the historical and cultural preservation districts, we interviewed residents to record their opinions and expectations for their homes and neighborhoods. Most of our volunteers did the surveying on the weekends. Our interviewees were chosen randomly as the volunteers walked through the hutongs. They usually engaged in conversation with a random resident and then asked if they were willing to participate in the survey. We have recorded our results thus far in this report.
Question: Are you (yourself or people in the neighborhood) satisfied with your current living situation?
Answer:
Satisfied: 110 people, 32%
Neutral: 98 people29%
Dissatisfied: 133 people, 39%
Total number of people interviewed: 341
Question: Regardless of financial funds, would you like to repair or maintain your courtyard house in the traditional style?
Answer:
Yes: 247 people73%
Neutral: 60 people18%
No: 32 people9%
Total number of people interviewed: 339

From interviewing 306 residents, we discovered the top four concerned issues: hygiene and environment, living conditions (including repairment and renovation of homes), small living space, and a desired increase in facilities (more convenient shopping options and exercise facilities).

Issues with Hutong Life
Number of Residents
Percentage
Hygiene and environment issues
66
21.6
Improve living conditions
56
18.3
Small living space
33
10.8
Increase in facilities
32
10.5
Traffic
19
6.2
Law enforcement
12
3.9
Lack of toilets
11
3.6
Excessive outsiders moving in
11
3.6
Restore hutong style
9
2.9
Unplanned construction
7
2.3
Other
50
16.3
Total number of residents interviewed
306
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