Day 4, Entry #8 with Holly Kennedy discussing the Bryce Hospital controversy and the University of Alabama.
Campus is beginning to suffer just a little bit of a sprawl, which could definitely be a problem. There are plenty of buses, but if someone has classes ten minutes apart, they aren’t any help. Students are scared to ride their bikes in the road (or not scared enough to be cautious), and walking is just straight-up too slow. Assuming the fences come down, though, Bryce is right next to the new Shelby construction, and hopefully they can preserve a lot of the green space while still keeping the campus a little more compact. I hope they don’t have to carve anything up with more roads, but more sidewalks and maybe a segregated bike path will be a possibility.
The master plan (ooh, doesn’t that sound ominous) has only started to really come true on the south side of campus over the summer. The university seems slow to get around to demolishing buildings (not that that’s a bad thing), but pretty quick to throw up their replacements. I hope they’re making sure that their new buildings will last as long as the ones they’re replacing.