CSUS: Pardon the Mess
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)
For much of the summer of 2015, Sacramento State has been getting various sorts of touch ups here and there. The one that grabbed my attention most was the various amounts of fenced off parts of Lot 7, one of the parking lots on the south end of campus. On my most recent visit to campus, I discovered parts of the project was the removal of parking spots to include planter space for drought resistant plants (or so that’s my guess). Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for doing our part to help fight the drought and do our parts for the environment as a whole. I am also all for beautification of the campus. Sacramento State’s campus is a beautiful one. Hands down one of the best in all of the CSU system.
It wasn’t too long ago that the campus had a beautification project around Brighton Hall, as well as along the path from the University Union to the Library. I thought these were solid touches on otherwise bland land. It doesn’t serve a function in the sense of helping students get the classes they need, or help them with additional parking spots, but it didn’t take away from that either.
The Lot 7 project is one of many happening currently. I have not seen them all as I only see or frequent half of the entire campus. Some of the other projects to be noted this summer include:
- Adding a physical median divide on the southern tip of State University Drive East by the Capital Public Radio station.
- Major sidewalk construction (for what it seems to be something good for pedestrians) on Callery Pear Way between the Public Services Police Station and Parking Structure 3
- Construction for something unidentifiable at the time I went by in the Library Quad close to Brighton
There are more, I’m sure, but I haven’t been across all of campus. Part of Parking Structure 1 will be dedicated to Residence Hall Parking for people living in the dorms. To alleviate parking, UTAPS has (re)introduced parking at the Ramona Lot (which is located on Ramona Ave which is off the beaten path by Power Inn Rd, off of Cucamonga Ave), with a shuttle to take students from there to campus and back. The lot is open 7:30 AM to 6 PM. Any cars still there will be locked in the lot. This is a decent solution for students who come strictly for classes in the morning or afternoon. However, this counteracts possibilities of fostering a campus life (i.e. clubs, organizations, events, etc.).
What is going on in Lot 7 (and perhaps Lot 8 as well), is a waste. It is not good for the students, which should be the focus of anything and everything the campus does. It doesn’t increase quality of life on campus by any stretch. All it does is take away space for parking in a place where parking is still a premium (the planter pictured above takes what use to be 8 parking spots). The only project I would welcome on campus that could temporarily take away parking would be converting a lot, or part of a lot, into a parking structure.
Welcome back to Sacramento State! Please excuse the mess, and less parking in convenient locations.