Parking Issues Impact Students

Parking Issues Impact Students

By Sam Larson When students returned from spring break we expected all of the challenges that we face at school to start up again like they always do.  We expect to get homework that keeps us up late into the night and to deal with our busy schedules and everything else that goes along with

By Sam Larson
When students returned from spring break we expected all of the challenges that we face at school to start up again like they always do.  We expect to get homework that keeps us up late into the night and to deal with our busy schedules and everything else that goes along with high school. But, when students entered through the doors of Lincoln High they were presented with a new challenge; a challenge that we, alone, cannot solve.
Sheets of paper had been taped to the doors saying that any student cars parked illegally or in the teachers lot would be towed.  Apparently the administration had decided to take the parking thing seriously.  What I think they should consider is this: is it the student’s faults that there isn’t enough parking?  Is it our fault that the teachers lot has more than enough space while the students are lucky if there’s a single empty spot in our entire lot?
This almost sounds like a repeat of the little incident in 2008 concerning the trees.  Students walked into school one day and when they left the trees that they knew and loved were gone.  If you haven’t noticed, it appears that the construction that took place actually resulted in less parking than we had before.
Now, before I write down a sob story about how we have to walk miles and miles across the hills, and deserts, and pot-holes, just to go to school and before I say how its unfair that the administration is towing our cars away and not letting us wear hats at school and giving us OSS for not wearing a piece of plastic around our necks at every second of every day of our high school careers, and before I write that the students of LHS need to “stick it to the man” I’d like for everyone to know a big reason why we have this problem in the first place.
When Lincoln High was formed in 1871 I think its fair to say that there wasn’t a huge problem with parking.  Hardly anyone even owned cars.  I assume that most students walked to school.  When the current building was constructed in 1915 cars were still just barely coming out and the Model-T was about as hot as they came.  Teens didn’t own cars and they certainly didn’t have monster SUVs like some do today.  No one was thinking that so many teens would have their own vehicles.
By the time the 50s came along only the cool kids (and the greasers) were driving cars.  Most students still didn’t drive to school though, and when students wanted to borrow their parents cars for prom or another event they had to beg!  When you look at it, we should all be appreciating that we even have cars to drive (not to mention that there’s starving children all over the world who are worried about survival, not “oh man, there’s no where to park my sweet wheels”)
So, rather than blaming the parking problem solely on our administration maybe we should be blaming it on the administration of 1915 for not knowing the future.  Okay, now I’m done being nice to people.  Lets take a look at where the administration wants us to park. Student parking is available in the following areas:
-Student lot south of Randolph Street:  This is where the majority of students park (especially athletes) because its very convenient.  The problem is that there’s simply not enough room for all of the students who want to park there.  Many students are tempted to park in the south teachers lot after lunch because there are always open spots in the teachers lot while the south student lot is packed to the max.
-Student lot just off Capital Parkway NW of the apartments:  This is a bad place for students for two reasons.  The first is because it’s always packed and the only way to park there is to do so illegally.  The second is fairly obvious if you’ve ever walked or driven through the lot.  It is often filled with grafitti and is never well lit.  I personally wouldn’t want any of the female students who leave school after dark for sports, theatre, or other school activities to have to park there because its dangerous.  In a way the parking in this area gives teachers and administrators convenience, but takes away from student’s safety.
-The public lot north of Capital parkway by Lewis Fields: This is an area that no one really wants to park in since its pretty far away and the cross-walk takes a long time to cross but students should be taking advantage of this area more.  The tip of the lot is a bit closer to the school than our north lot is.  The inconvenience here is that it takes an extra 5 minutes to get into the building, and to leave after school.   This is a real hassle for
-Any legal street parking: This would be ok parking.  The only problem is that we don’t know where the street parking is “legal.”
If anyone has concerns about parking that they would like to deal with I advise them to do as they’re told in the bulletin and take them to Mr. Uhing in room 200F.  I’m sure he’ll be happy to help you work out whatever problems you would like to discuss with him.  Until then, appreciate the fact that so many of us have cars to drive, carpool with some friends (I’ve been told it saves polar bears), and most of all, wear your seatbelt.

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