Parking On Campus
Coming back to Baylor to start the 2013-2014 school year was somewhat surprising for some students. East Village was up and running, new roads were added, as well as some taken away, and the amount of green space added was quite significant. The only downside to all of this is that there are 200 less spots for students to park this year than last year, which seems to be a complaint throughout the student body. I personally do not see this decrease in spots as an issue.
East Village consists of two new residence halls and a new dining facility. It is the eastern most part of campus now, finally breaking the Bagby Boundary that seemed to have existed. The residential halls house 700 students combined, taking the number of students who live on campus in residential housing from about 3300 students to 4000 students living on campus. Even though there are more students living on campus, the number of students that attend Baylor has not increased. So if the number of students has not increased, the number of cars has not increased either. Adding the residence halls only makes the campus look bigger than before without doing anything to harm the functionality that people say existed last year before this addition.
Along with the addition of East Village, new roads were added and some old roads have been removed. Now, not only 8th Street can take us from the highway back to LaSalle. 4th street also goes all the way through campus. It is also the road that goes in front of the library, making it easier to access the library both during and after normal work hours. The road that used to be in front of the SLC and went from Bagby to 4th street is practically gone. Now it is a driveway to the SLC for all essential purposes. But in taking out this road, it took away from traffic being backed up on Bagby because people are no longer trying to get in and out of the Russell Gym parking lot from two different streets. There is also a new street that...
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