Zone 1 lots often empty, need for more parking is dubious
Shemuel Psalm's whining in last Thursday's paper is fairly pathetic. I live two blocks north of Speedway on (East) Mabel Street between (North) Vine Avenue and (North) Cherry Avenue. Everyday on my way to class I walk by an empty dirt plot at Mabel and Cherry where the UA tore down a housing unit. Then I walk through a Zone 1 parking lot, which I have never seen completely full, and is usually very empty. Two dirt lots that used to be houses greet me as I reach Vine and Mabel. From there an alley leads me to another Zone 1 parking lot, this one recently constructed by spilling some gravel over a vacant lot. It is rarely full either. At the edge of that is another empty lot that was, until a few days ago, a house. Across the street from that are two large parking lots (by the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building), which are used fairly heavily, although they clear out fast later in the afternoon.