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Final Windshield Survey

Final Windshield Survey

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Windshield Survey
A windshield survey is an assessment of a community conducted by traveling around thecommunity in a car or using public transportation to making observations about a communityand its dynamics. The results should yield a basic description about the community, its healthand members. The data gathered will help identify healthcare strengths and weaknesses in thespecified community. Community Health Nurses use information gathered in a windshieldsurvey to identify the unique features and needs of an individual community. The data is used tomake inferences about community healthcare needs, shape nursing practice, and interventions byidentifying how the geographic, cultural and functional dimension of the community affectscommunity-nursing care. The group conducted a Windshield Survey of Concord, North Carolina(zip code 28027) on March 17, 2010. The information gathered in this survey allowed thesurveyors to make basic assumptions about this community and identify needs for a specific population within the community.
Elements & Descriptions Community Observations
Boundaries
 What the natural, physical and economic boundaries? What signs are there of where thisneighborhood begins and ends? Does theneighborhood have an identified name?
Boundaries
The boundaries of the community are mainly physical. The physical boundaries includehighway 73 also called Davidson Highway,Highway 601 and Highway 49. There are noclear boundaries that indicated where thiscommunity ends or begins.The economic boundaries in this communityare very distinct. The area surroundingConcord Mills Mall contained newer higher income housing developments and a few largeapartment complexes. The rural areas in thiscommunity contained a mix of both highincome and low-income housing. Many higher income neighborhoods had signs indicating thename of the development. The lower incomehousing for the most part did not have anyidentifying information and were not located intraditional neighborhoods.
H
ousing and Zoning
What is the age of the housing, architecture?Are all the neighborhoods similar in age andarchitecture? How would you describe the
H
ousing and Zoning
The age of the housing ranged from brand newto being built in the early 1900¶s. The largehomes tended to be new construction from the
 
differences? Are they detached or attached? Isthere space in front and behind? What is their general condition? Are there signs of disrepair?1980¶s to the present. The new and old homeswere spread evenly throughout the community.Many of the rural homes were located onfarms. Most of the housing was single-familyhomes, but there were a few attached housingcomplexes located in the area.There are apartments with vinyl and brick exteriors including the newer apartmentswithin walking distance of Concord MillsMall. Section 8 housing and apartments areolder, probably built in the 1980s.The single-family homes consisted of traditional and manufactured homes. Thehouses were constructed from brick, wood,aluminum, vinyl siding, and shake materials.The older houses were typical traditional ranchstyle, while much of the new housing was twostory brick. The homes that appeared to be built prior to the early 1990¶s were on largeseveral acre lots. In comparison, newer andhigh-income homes tended to be inneighborhoods on small landscaped lots (lessthan .25 of an acre) that were well maintained.Many of the rural low-income homes appearedto be in a state of disrepair. They had brokendoors, rotting siding, and overgrown lawnswith rusting cars. Some open land containedabandoned dilapidated barns.Most new neighborhoods have open spaces behind the homes, but typical the house issurrounded by other homes on all sides. Older houses typically have large front and back yards.
S
igns of Decay
Is the neighborhood on its way up or down? Isit alive?
S
igns of Decay
In the urban area, there were many retailspaces empty and a few abandoned buildings.The streets had a moderate amount of litter.The area surrounding Concord Mills and near I-85 had many new retail centers that were wellmaintained and busy. The rural areas of this zipcode appeared to have several closed and/or abandoned businesses. The most notable
 
 business closings observed in the area were thePhilips Morris Plant and a large car dealershipon one of the main streets.
 
Op
en
Sp
aces
How much open space is there? What is thequality of the open space? What is the lot sizeof the houses? Do you see trees on the pavements, a green island in the center of streets? Is the open space public or private?
Op
en
Sp
aces
 
There is a great deal of open space in thiscommunity. The majority of the open spaceappeared to be grazing land for cattle or usedfor other farming purposes. In the urban area,there was limited open space, no trees and nogreen ways in the center of the streets. Theopen spaces were privately owned. For themost part, there were no sidewalks in the urbanarea or the neighborhoods in the community.Cabarrus County Country Club is a private golf course in the community. There is one public park, Frank Liske Park. The park had a pond, paved walkways, playground equipment and acovered picnic area. The survey was completedon a sunny day and several families were seenat the park walking and playing.
C
ommon Areas
What are the neighborhood hangouts? For what groups, at what hours? Does the³commons areas´ appear to open to the public?
C
ommon Areas
 Joe¶s Sports Bar and Grill appeared crowed.
 
Itwas located in Afton Park and is a place for sports fans to come together on the weekend or after work. It was advertising the NCAA basketball tournament. There were severalshopping plazas, with Concord Mills being themost popular. Many people (especiallyteenagers) walk around the mall as a way tosocialize. Children were observed playing onthe playground at the elementary school.The common areas, particularly located near Lowe¶s Motor Speedway and Concord MillsMall, appeared welcoming and open to the public. It was inferred that this is related to thedraw of people from all over the region, stateand country to these venues.
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Whom do you see on the street? Do you seeanyone you would not expect? Is the dress of those you see representative or unexpected?
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ery few people were seen walking around or on the street. Several people were seen pumping gas and going into retailestablishments. The appearance ranged to

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