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2016 July 17

MRC’s beauty spot revisited

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In MRC’s beauty spot, five years ago, I commented on the temporary staging area set up by Chancellor MRC Greenwood around 2000, and how it seems to have become a permanent blight on the Great Meadow. I took pictures of it again last month—it seems to be becoming more permanent, with no indication that UCSC administration will ever restore the damage done to the Meadow.

They have broken up the staging area into 4 parking lots, cleverly numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4:

Lot 1 is contractor parking only.

Lot 1 is contractor parking only.

Lot 2 was contractor parking, but has been turned into student parking.

Lot 2 was contractor parking, but has been turned into student parking.

Lot 3 is for contractor parking, but seems to be used for storage as well.

Lot 3 is for contractor parking, but seems to be used for storage as well.

Another view of Lot 3, showing more random storage and trailers.

Another view of Lot 3, showing more random storage and trailers.

Lot 4 is labeled for student parking, but also has buses and storage containers.

Lot 4 is labeled for student parking, but also has buses and storage containers.

Lot 4 seems to be used for storage of buses and storage containers, as well as parking.

Lot 4 seems to be used for storage of buses and storage containers, as well as parking.

Another view of Lot 4.

Another view of Lot 4.

After about 15 years of “temporary” construction staging, I think it is long past time for UCSC to either decide that this parking lot is permanent and construct it properly (with lighting, shade trees, pavement that will last, and similar amenities) or clean it up and restore the land underneath as was originally promised.

UCSC has suffered a lot from MRC Greenwood’s mistakes (like taking on lots of extra students on the theory that the resources would catch up), but this particular problem is fixable.

6 Comments »

  1. Part or most of this area is used as East Remote Lot “overflow” parking during the academic year. I’ve seen it get quite full and I often have to park there on rainy days when Core West fills up.

    Comment by Alana — 2016 July 17 @ 15:13 | Reply

    • If the area is to be used as a parking lot, it should be properly paved, have lights for night-time use, and have some shade trees planted (like East Remote just above it).

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2016 July 17 @ 15:26 | Reply

      • Very true. I’ve more than once felt terrified while walking there (from the bus stop) alone at night…

        Comment by Alana — 2016 July 17 @ 16:24 | Reply

  2. I also wonder… had this been a project, it would have presumably required an EIR. It seems like it was a “temporary construction area” that may have been “snuck in” to permanency illegally.

    Comment by whatisron — 2016 July 17 @ 22:35 | Reply

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