Parking Is Still an Issue

The parking lot behind Kemp Library. Photo Credit / Lance Soodeen
The parking lot behind Kemp Library. Photo Credit / Lance Soodeen
The parking lot behind Kemp Library. Photo Credit / Lance Soodeen

The parking lot behind Kemp Library.
Photo Credit / Lance Soodeen

By Kathleen Kraemer
Editor-in-Chief

We all know that parking is one of the biggest issues that ESU commuter students face.

There is not enough parking on campus for the number of commuter students that are admitted to the school.

Though it would not improve the rest of the parking issues on campus, I think that the school should consider adding temporary parking spaces near the book store.

In the parking area at Zimbar, there are three parking spaces that are reserved for temporary parking.

They are marked as 30-minute parking spots.

Additionally, they are immensely useful for students who only need to quickly drop off or pick up something from the building.

There are also a couple of such spots across from Reibman Administration Building.

These spots serve the same purpose for students and visitors who just need to quickly park their car and run into the building to take care of quick business.

Similar parking spots near the book store and student union would be very beneficial.

As a student who works frequently with the SAA office, there have been many times when I simply had to run into the building and drop something off then leave.

On Tuesday morning, I had to drop off a time sheet in the SAA office.

If I could have, I would have parked as close as possible at one of the metered spots and paid for more time than I needed because it was raining.

Instead, there were no metered spots and no nearby student spots.

So, I had to park further away and my walk to the building (in the rain) took longer than the time it took for me to do my chore.

If there was even one 30-minute parking spot, it would have taken me a fraction of the time it did for me to drop off my sheet and get back to work on the paper I was writing.

I know it sounds like a major first world problem and I sound like a lazy college student complaining about having to walk, but I also took the parking spot from someone who may have needed to park in order to go to class or to a meeting.

If there were more temporary parking spots, maybe fewer students would be left without spots or be tempted to park illegally for their quick runs into the building.

Email Kathleen at:
kkraemer2@live.esu.edu

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