Is there anyone out there who can explain the Bowen parking lot to me?

I am on campus today for the first day in a while, and I noticed that the Bowen parking lot is being reconstructed in some interestingly different ways.  It’s kind of hard to describe and I don’t have a decent picture, but it looks like it is going to be come a kind of two-level lot with some green space in between.  One way or the other, it looks like the lot will have significantly fewer spaces, which bums me out since I often enough find parking here.

What gives?  Anyone know?

14 Responses to Is there anyone out there who can explain the Bowen parking lot to me?

  1. See your previous post: http://emutalk.org/2011/05/the-parking-lot-shuffle/
    “Renovate Bowen lot into
    guest parking and staff
    parking lots. Move
    commuter parking out to the
    Oakwood guest lot. Add pay
    in lane equipment to replace
    booth attendant.”

  2. I don’t know anything about the Bowen configuration but I did get an email from the Parking folks who notified me and others with personal parking spaces that the fee for this convenience would increase dramatically. Basically, the cost for a year for a personal parking space was $480. Parking has raised that to $720 per year as of September. I just emailed Parking to let them know that my space is up for grabs since $720 is just too steep for me to pay at this juncture.

  3. $720 per month. 20 working days per month. That will be $36 per day??? Not a math whiz but is this right?

  4. Oh, wait a minute – that’s per YEAR not month. Duh. Sorry.

    • Heh. Yeah, I don’t think you could get away with $720 a month in downtown Chicago or NYC let alone Ypsilanti.

      The previous post that Almost Alum is mentioning was about using part of the parking by Pray-Harrold as a reserved faculty lot. I didn’t think this was in the cards for the Bowen lot.

  5. Nearly all the pay lots, for reserve spots, nearly always have unused spaces; and the regular lots, on a first come first served basis for tag holders, are nearly always full. So the creation of new pay lots will, if that reality holds, mean a less effective use of spots, and a greater shortage of parking spots. But no shortage for the elite few who can and do pay for their own “private” spots.

  6. I have a little update on the huge increase for premium parking spaces in the various lots on campus. Apparently, a committee made up of John Lumm, parking people, chief of police and some other suits decided that since the rates hadn’t gone up in 6 years, it was time to raise the premium parking spaces by 50%. I spoke with the head of parking who was very helpful, and who surprisingly told me that only 3 people had decided not to renew their spaces. In fact, she said that they have a line of people desparate to pay $720 a year for a premium parking space. Who knew the economy was doing that well!

    • You know, that doesn’t surprise me, Cheryl. I have a colleague (a different one from you!) who bought one of the pay lot spaces as soon as they became available because he commutes from the other side of Detroit. I asked this person back then how much they were and his response was “I don’t care.” So if they can get $720 for a pay space, well, more power, I guess. Personally, I can either walk to campus or I can always find parking in the lots on the north side of campus and take a 15 or so minute walk to my office.

      What I would like to see though is if there was some kind of more “smart” system for parking in some of these lots. As I understand it, there were some lots at Wayne State that were gated in a way to hold spots for faculty/staff or people who were otherwise paying a premium. So, say you had a lot that had 100 spots in it that was gated and open to anyone with a pass. The first 50 went to students, and the next 50 went to faculty and staff. What that would mean is once 50 students swiped their ID to get into the lot, student #51 could not. And vice-versa with faculty/staff.

      I’m sure there are lots of problems with such a system, but it might make for better use of spaces/resources.

    • Yeah, the economy is doing really welll…for those overpaid EMU bureaucrats who pay $720 a year for a parking spot!

      The whole parkking plan is a way to decrease available parking at the center of campus while producing revenue for the parking office, by making more spots that are “for sale” and exclusive to one user per spot. Good way to produce revenue for a very narrow slice of the university, and a proven ineffective way to solve a campus parking problem, as it’s been tried elsewhere and fails to improve a campus’s overall parking situation. Tried and failed elsewhere, time and again — and thus the narrow sliver of the EMU community that makes all the decisions around here commits the campus to it. Why try something new when you can try what’s already failed?

  7. I agree with all you said. I too plan on parking farther away and making the 15 or so minute trek. I’m used to it now so it shouldn’t be much of a hardship.

  8. U of M Faculty and Staff have to pay $648.00 a year for a blue pass which guarantees closer parking for many, but does not guarantee a space in some lots/garages. Gold passes for those “suits” or wealthy faculty at U of M can pay $1,531.00 for a space that is pretty much guaranteed.

    Monthly rates in Detroit are around $100.00 at many garages.

    I think in comparison $720.00 sounds fair for a guaranteed spot on campus.

  9. The crucial thing is that by increasing the number of these paid spots, regardless of their price, EMU’s parking problems are made worse for most people, because there are fewer available spots en total. And few people with paid spots use them all day, every day, so there are lots of empty spots in the “pay” lots. So….this new plan for parking on campus creates worst parking for the average EMU staff or student, but creates a privileged elite who, by paying the $720, will have their private, personal spots and be removed from the reality of the real parking situation on campus.

  10. Just another money grab by the shallow EMU brass looking to pad the University coffers at the expense/inconvenience of everyone else.
    “Let them park late!” is the likely cry from Welch.
    Pretty, soon I suspect they’ll start charging for parking at football games (I’m hearing a cacophony of more crickets) or diverting funds from parking to pay for more assistant football coaches.

  11. Students usually don’t complain to me about the price, but availability (and THEN the price complaints come). I wish EMU would build a parking structure or two with a few stories so we can make the most of the land we do have. I know, i know…costs money…

    I live close enough to walk, but am a bit sick of student complaints about this.

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