Friday, October 30, 2009

Changing Times

Come gather 'round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Bob Dylan

Saturday night is Halloween, the night before All Hallows Day (now usually called All Saints Day). This year, however, the hand-off between the spooks and the saints will take a little longer. There will be an extra hour to go trick-or-treating or for those costume parties to last or, in my case, to sleep.

This is because this year Halloween happens to be the night we change (or we forget to change) our clocks back to Standard Time. We finally get to cash in on that hour we “saved” back in the Spring.

This time change officially happens at 2 AM on Sunday morning here in the United States. For me, it will probably happen some time around 9 PM on Saturday night.

As a new grandfather, I have also been reintroduced to another, more odiferous type of changing things, but I digress…

So this weekend brings Halloween, the onset of November, the return to Standard Time, and, for all intents and purposes, the start of the non-stop Holiday Buying (uh…I mean Shopping) Season. That’s a lot to absorb in less than 24 hours. Is it too much?

How much is too much?

The Master Plan committees and their consultants are trying to get their arms around the same question.

How much change can the campus absorb at one time? How radically or modestly different should the campus of the future be? How many potential buildings should be shown on the conceptual plans before those plans become unrealistic, even 20 – 30 years out? How much additional structured parking, if any, needs to be added before the first surface parking lot is torn up and becomes a new, Frisbee-filled open space?

For the times they are a-changin’.

Question of the week: Which parking lot should be the first one to go away?

Until next Friday…

1 comment:

  1. Please take out the lots north of PEB and South of Taylor Street First!

    I really like the idea of relocated Student Services to that area as well. It will reinforce Taylor as a connector street between the two sides of campus.

    It's too bad the Brilliant Futures campaign isn't in conjunction with the master planning. It would probably be easier to raise funds if people had a vision of the future of the campus!


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