Senate to fix Row sidewalks
Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm in News
The Undergraduate Student Government Senate passed Tuesday night a resolution that could potentially lead to a complete renovation of the sidewalks in and around The Row. The resolution is a result of the high number of injuries that occur on The Row.
The resolution, â€ś28th Street Sidewalk Project,â€ť passed unanimously. According to Greek Senator Alex Cascante, who spearheaded the writing of the resolution, this moment has been a long time coming. Streets expected to be repaired are the sidewalks on 28th Street from Hoover Street to Figueroa Street and University Avenue from 28th Street to 32nd Street.
â€śEvery Greek Senator before me for the past five or so years has been wanting to fix these sidewalks, but nobody really delved into the issue,â€ť Cascante said. â€śThey all hit the same wall: the sidewalks are owned by the city, the city has no money, and theyâ€™re not going to pay for it.â€ť
Cascante conducted a survey during the Fall 2012 semester. He obtained over 100 written student testimonies stating injury as a result of the damaged sidewalks.
â€śI realized just because the city has no money, that shouldnâ€™t stop this project,â€ť Cascante said. â€śThe big obstacle … was realizing there was an alternative method, which is private funding.â€ť
â€śThe sidewalk poses a serious risk to students, to the school. Itâ€™s a huge liability issue. But parents or alumni donâ€™t realize this problem exists … Iâ€™m going to reach out to alumni and parent associations, inform them of the issue. Itâ€™s up to them from there,â€ť Cascante said.
According to Cascante, part of the problem stems from the areaâ€™s dense population of students. 2,724 undergraduates students currently live in the area, he said.
Some students have been overwhelmingly supportive of the sidewalk renovation initiative.
Kamal Bairagdar, a masterâ€™s degree candidate for civil engineering, is enthusiastic about the project.
â€śThe Row is an extension of the university campus itself. Students live on it, spend a lot of time on it. We need to take care of the students,â€ť Bairagdar said.
Kristyn Ikeda, a junior majoring in business administration, was more wary of the project, citing potential conflicts.
â€śThe renovation project will cause a lot of logistical problems,â€ť Ikeda said. â€śStreets might close down, and it will be hard to have a lot of parties with construction going on. I think there are probably better causes to fundraise for that deal with student life.â€ť
Despite the possible difficulties, Cascante remains optimistic of the steps to rebuild the sidewalks along The Row.
â€śIt might not be something that will be accomplished come May, but it will be done eventually because I will help future Senators,â€ť Cascante said.