Volume 95, Issue 20

Thursday, October 4, 2001
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Parking blues

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Parking blues

Re: "UWO and USC battle for prime parking," Sept. 20

To the Editor:

Congratulations Western Parking Services. You have once again out-done yourself in successfully misdiagnosing Western's parking problems and prescribing a stupid and obviously ridiculous salve for our woes.

In my first two years here I had no problems parking in the Springett lot with a little perseverance at pretty much any time of day. Last year, parking services removed a full row of parking from the undergraduate lot and made about 60 previously general parking spots "reserved," which were hardly ever occupied.

This resulted in seemingly impossible occupancy past 8:30 a.m.. There were screams last year, but did they learn? No. This year, they removed a further 218 spaces from that lot.

On Thursday, Sept. 20 The Gazette ran a story called "UWO and USC battle for prime parking" in which Dave Riddell made the haughty and disdainful assertion "we're not obliged to provide everyone a parking spot."

Of course not. But how about providing one to those of us who need, want and paid for one. I have paid almost $20,000 to this university in the last four years and a further $1,000 for a parking pass and am rewarded with a 15 minute walk to my classes from either the Huron Flats or the Medway lot.

This is simply unacceptable. Can't you build an on-campus parking garage?

What exactly do you do with the $2.3 million each year?

Paul Stone

Chemical Engineering IV

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