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October 30, 2009 Posted by | opinion poll | | Leave a comment

Texas Secession Poll Results: Do Whatever You Want


Texas uses the tagline, "Texas: It's like a whole other country," to promote tourism. (Image: State of Texas Website.)

Texas uses the tagline, "Texas: It's like a whole other country," to promote tourism. (Image: State of Texas Website.)

The results of another extremely unscientific, unrepresentative and unreliable Borderstan opinion poll have been tallied. The August 29 poll was about  “Texas Secession From the Union.” According to a large majority of 122 Borderstan readers, it is fine-by-them if Texas wants to leave the union. (A commenter noted that perhaps a better question would have been on whether Texas has the right to secede. It’s a good point.)

But, the question posed was, “Texas Secession: What’s Your Opinion?” and here are the results:

66% – Texas secession is fine by me (80 votes)

25% – Against it, but let Texas leave (30 votes)

9% – Never! Texas MUST stay! (11 votes)

1% – Undecided (1 vote)

Analysis: There is little enthusiasm in Borderstan for another U.S. civil war.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, opinion poll | , | Leave a comment

14th St Survey Says: Affordable Food, Please!


Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. What kind of retail will grace the first floor? (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

As of Tuesday evening, approximately 150 to 200 people had voted in the Borderstan poll, “14th St NW: What Do You Want More Of? This is an approximation as voters could select as many of the 12 choices as desired.

A total of 912 votes were cast for 11 choices plus Other to the question, What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.

My initial read on the results, below, of this very unscientific poll, is that respondents tend to want more food options in the affordable range (lower-priced restaurants and delis) along with places to hang (coffee houses). In addition, people would like to have more general shopping options, including clothing stores.

Noticeably, there was no excitement among respondents to this poll for more furniture stores, art galleries or clubs/lounges.

Here are the results:

  1. Lower-Priced Restaurants: 17% (155 votes)
  2. Delis & Food Stores: 16% (150 votes)
  3. Coffee Houses: 11% (103 votes)
  4. Apparel Stores: 10% (93 votes)
  5. General Retail: 10% (89 votes)
  6. Upper End Restaurants: 9% (79 votes)
  7. Theaters: 6% (58 votes)
  8. Clubs & Lounges: 6% (52 votes)
  9. Art Galleries: 5% (48 votes)
  10. Furniture & Home Stores: 4% (38 votes)
  11. Other: 2% (21 votes)

August 5, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC restaurants, food, local business, Logan Circle, on community, opinion poll, U Street NW | , , | 5 Comments

14th St NW: What Do You Want More Of?


What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.


July 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, local business, Logan Circle, on community, opinion poll | , , , , | 9 Comments

Poll: Crime, Schools Are DC’s Biggest Issues


Last week we asked Borderstan.com readers to choose the biggest issue facing Washington, DC. A total of 200 readers voted and “crime” was the choice of nearly one-half (49.5%) followed by “public schools” at 22%. “High Housing Costs” and “High Tax Rates” finished a distant third and fourth, respectively. Next came “Development-Related Issues” at 4.5% followed by “Local Economy/Unemployment” and “Transportation/Metro/Parking,” each with 3%.

Here is how 200 respondents answered, “What is DC’s Biggest Issue?” in this extremely unreliable, unrepresentative and unscientific survey:

  1. Crime: 49.5% (99 votes)
  2. Public Schools: 22.0% (44 votes)
  3. High Housing Costs: 8.5% (17 votes)
  4. High Tax Rates: 6.5% (13 votes)
  5. Development-Related Issues: 4.5% (9 votes)
  6. Local Economy/Unemployment: 3.0% (6 votes)
  7. Transportation/Metro/Parking: 3.0% (6 votes)
  8. Other: 3.0% (6 votes)

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June 30, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, on community, opinion poll | , | Leave a comment

90% of Borderstan Readers Support Same-Sex Marriage


The results of another extremely unscientific, unrepresentative and unreliable Borderstan opinion poll have been tallied. This past week’s online poll was “Should DC Have Same-Sex Marriage?” According to Borderstan.com readers, the answer is an overwhelming “yes,” to tune of 90% in favor of same-sex marriage. By the way, the 185 respondents is the largest number of readers to ever participate in a Borderstan.com opinion poll.

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May 16, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, on community, opinion poll | , | 1 Comment

People Watching: Dupont or Georgetown?


The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

NBC Washington.com has an online opinion poll, “Best People Watching: Dupont Circle or Georgetown?” NBC Washington.com will do a story on the winner of the poll. You can vote online (for Dupont Circle, of course) until April 15. So far, Dupont Circle is beating Georgetown, three to one.

The info below the fold is at from Dupont Forum on the Yahoo! Groups listserv, from Paul Williams, executive director of the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets program.

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Dupont Circle, on community, opinion poll | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Borderstan Businesses Win Numerous “Best of D.C.” Awards


The Washington City Paper announced the results of its "Best of DC" awards on Thursday. (Image: Washington City Paper Web site.)

Image: Washington City Paper Web site.

Borderstan winners in the Washington City Paper's "Best of D.C." competition. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Borderstan winners in the Washington City Paper's "Best of D.C." competition. Top row, from left: Rice, Miss Pixies, Bang & Olufsen and 15th Street NW. Middle row, from left: DC JCC, Cork, HR-57 and Green Pets. Bottom row, from left: Halo, Flowers on Fourteenth, Vida Fitness and The Bike Rack. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. awards were announced this past week and I decided to go through every category to see what Borderstan businesses and entities had won awards.

Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.

I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.

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March 29, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, food, local business, Logan Circle, Media, on community, opinion poll | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Religion Poll: Majority Atheist or Agnostic; 22% Christian


Last week’s Borderstan online opinion poll was, “Just Asking! What’s Your Religion (Or Not)?”

According to the poll results—which are completely unscientific and unreliable—readers of Borderstan.com are not very religious at all, especially when compared to the American public. A large number of respondents do not believe in God or a supreme being, or are not sure. Only 22% of respondents said they were Christian, an extremely low number in an overwhelmingly Christian U.S. population.

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March 28, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, on community, opinion poll | , , | 1 Comment

“Best of DC 2009” Poll; Remember Borderstan Businesses


Vote online for the "Best of DC 2009" in the City Paper's annual reader's poll. (Image: Washington City Paper Web site.)

Vote online for the "Best of DC 2009" in the City Paper's annual reader's poll. (Image: Washington City Paper Web site.)

The Washington City Paper is conducting its annual reader’s poll for the “Best of DC 2009.” There are 135 best things to select in four categories.

Please remember that there are number of really great businesses in Borderstan. I won’t try to name all of them, but remember the commercial strips on P and 14th Streets NW. The north side of P Street between 14th and 16th NW is officially within Borderstan boundaries as is the west side of 14th Street between P and S NW.

Yes, you can vote for Borderstan as “Best Local Blog/Blogger” in the People & Places category. We’d love to have your vote—just type in Borderstan. Your vote would be humbly appreciated.

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March 7, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, local business, Logan Circle, Media, opinion poll | Leave a comment