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:
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.