By Taylor | June 27, 2012
I can’t get anywhere and my dreams are tinted with images of dirt, wire fences and the color orange. Will it ever end? Or at least stop growing?
Yet again, I have left you blogless for a while. But I am back and this time with an irate purpose.
You’ve seen it. I know you have. If you have not seen it and you are reading this blog, please, leave me a comment below and help me find a place on this campus where I will not hear the beep of a large truck backing up, holes being drilled, hammers being slammed, loud machines making noises I cannot emulate, see images of flying dirt, flashing signs, ORANGE, construction workers, dirt, “Road Closed” signs, dirt, mud, cranes, tractors, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt and more dirt!
I believe I am allowed to be a little upset about the construction, if not more. I lived in Scholars East this past year. If you do not know where that is, it’s located on 10th Avenue, approximately 10 feet across the street from the EXTREMELY LARGE new “10th Avenue Residence Hall” that they’ve been building … for a while … across the street …. all school year … starting a 6am … every morning … directly out my window … across the street.
Nowhere on campus is sacred (by sacred, I mean void of construction) as of this summer. Yes, this summer I am repeating the lovely summer job I did last year that I blogged about. See previous blog here. Though now it has a twist: construction. There are fences surrounding west campus and Morrill Tower, which is where the majority of Orientation is held. The stadium is being built a new scoreboard, the turf fields are completely ripped up for renovation, half Cannon Drive is shut down. There’s construction on the dead end circle between the RPAC and the Stadium. It’s madness. Take a look for yourself:
That is an actual wrecking ball.
It’s even by Knowlton and Hitchcock, where the other half of Orientation is held.
The photos tend to become a bit repetitive after so many; you understand the point. Hopefully a good bit of the construction is done by August when school starts for semesters (another blog to come about that later). I don’t know how much of it I can take.
Speaking of, to put the scope of construction into perspective. I found this nifty site that everyone as concerned as I am (probably no one) can visit to learn about (and avoid) the construction. This is an interactive map of all campus construction. There’s THIRTY ONE projects as of right now. 31! It’s neat that each number has a description of what is going on and where.
Another interesting piece of information I found is this article. $243.8 million is a lot of money. A LOT of money. But the article explains the spendings and what their doing for the university.
All in all, it’s supposed to be a good thing. And I bet it will be, in the future. Which brings me to this sign I found next to Morrill.
I’m not sure if this is supposed to instantaneously make me forgive and be happy about all the construction … I’ll let you be the judge of that. All I know, is that Ohio State does not seem to ever have a light at the end of the construction tunnel.
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