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They Paved Paradise

Forgive my use of a stitched together panorama image. It was the only way to display the vast expanse of the Dewey Field satellite parking lot. Who drives all of these cars? Back in the 1970’s, even though Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital stood where the Maynard Street dorms are now, the College had no need to have hundreds of people park in this area. In fact, we used to play intramural soccer on the fields there. I sprained my ankle at Dewey one sunny day during my senior spring term in 1979 (scoring a goal, if you must know).

The hospital has now moved to Lebanon, but the College’s growing legions of bureaucrats (the non-faculty staff grew from 3,056 to 3,175 last year) need places to park. If trends continue, one day we’ll have to build a multi-story parking garage on the Green.

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Addendum: An alert reader points out that the Dewey lot is also used by first-year Tuck students, as many as 200 of them. But that does not change the point made above. The Tuckies have always needed space for their cars; they were pushed into Dewey by the parking needs of the metastasizing nomenklatura.


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