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The Maroon

College Reportedly Seeking More State Funds for New Toy

The local residents in the comment section are up in arms - but frankly most of them whine all the time anyway.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...eeks_more_state_aid.html#comments
Bogus Megapardus

Re: College Reportedly Seeking More State Funds for New Toy

The Maroon wrote:
The local residents in the comment section are up in arms - but frankly most of them whine all the time anyway.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...eeks_more_state_aid.html#comments

    "Lazy kids fat useless and complain."

    "Nothing but a liberal socialist indoctrination camp."

    "So, they don't pay taxes and want us to flip the bill for this nonsense."

    "I say go to Plan B - a gondola lift that serves wine and cheese as you soar to your destination."

    "Alumni love to have things named after themselves."

    "They are committing 'economic cannibalism.'"

    "How about Lafayette buy 3 minivans and hire students as UBER drivers to shuttle students up the hill."

Funny stuff.  Of course none of the commenters have a clue about (or simply don't care) what the City of Easton would look like without Lafayette College.

I still think Lafayette should build a really unique, attention-grabbing funicular on the hill.  Students and professors designed one eons ago.  The plans were in the Engineering Department when I was there and I suspect varying versions of it have been around for at least 150 years.

The elevator would have an "observation deck" and be "open to the public."  The "open to the public" part is, I guess, where the petition for state development funds comes from. Maybe the commenters should realize that, if Lafayette goes ahead and finances the entire cost, the project will be "close to the public."  They'll complain about that too, I suppose.
Lafalum

Waste of money and a total joke!
Bogus Megapardus

My thought always has been this - build a new basketball arena on the site of the car wash. The arena building would have an integrated, public, high-capacity elevator leading to a very wide platform skywalk over College Avenue, in turn leading to a viewing plaza at the Simon Center. The arena would become part of the city and a direct, integrated part of the campus with easy public vehicle access from Routes 22 and 611. This would make the south part of campus and the Third Street corridor indistinguishable from one another.

The skywalk would be a aesthetic, detailed ornamental steel design. The brick-and-steel arena would be (prominently) named, "City of Easton Arena - Lafayette College" and also would house larger concerts and events as part of the Williams Art Campus.

Bottom line - if you're going to build an elevator, make it actually do something.
NewXbo

I can't find my maps right now but I believe the car wash is in a flood zone.
Lafalum

It is, as are all the buildings in the area.
Bogus Megapardus

I think the whole Williams Art Campus in in the 100 year flood zone.
Kpard

Which is why all the buildings have elevated first floors.
pardfan

The side of that hill should be considered sacred ground.  Once you deface it, it will not be the same.  Surely there is another way of announcing to future generations that "Alison Byerly was here."
leopard88

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
My thought always has been this - build a new basketball arena on the site of the car wash. The arena building would have an integrated, public, high-capacity elevator leading to a very wide platform skywalk over College Avenue, in turn leading to a viewing plaza at the Simon Center. The arena would become part of the city and a direct, integrated part of the campus with easy public vehicle access from Routes 22 and 611. This would make the south part of campus and the Third Street corridor indistinguishable from one another.

The skywalk would be a aesthetic, detailed ornamental steel design. The brick-and-steel arena would be (prominently) named, "City of Easton Arena - Lafayette College" and also would house larger concerts and events as part of the Williams Art Campus.

Bottom line - if you're going to build an elevator, make it actually do something.


I'm having trouble picturing what you are describing.  Would the elevator be adjacent to the arena with the skywalk crossing College Avenue at the level of the Simon Center?

In any case, is the car wash site even big enough for an arena?  The site appears to be about 2/3 the size of the original section of Kirby.  On the other hand, Kirby includes a lot of space that wouldn't need to be duplicated in a new building (particularly the west end of the current basketball arena).

Lesson of the Day -- Until looking at Google Maps to compare the size of Kirby to the car wash site, I pictured the Simon Center to be well west of the car wash site rather than looming over it.
leopard88

pardfan wrote:
The side of that hill should be considered sacred ground.  Once you deface it, it will not be the same.  Surely there is another way of announcing to future generations that "Alison Byerly was here."


I generally feel the same way.  However, the Simon Center is far enough east  (as I have (re)learned) that most of the hill would remain undisturbed.

This plan would do less to disturb the hill than the current plan, which puts the elevator at/near the junction of Third Street and College Avenue (i.e., the hard right turn at the base of the hill).
bethlehempard

pardfan wrote:
The side of that hill should be considered sacred ground.


Somebody must have agreed. In the mid-90s somebody put a small plastic Jesus statue in an unobtrusive spot about 15 feet from the steps. I only noticed it by chance. It disappeared and was replaced a couple times within a few  years. The statue overlooked Easton, which always needs a little divine protection.
I like the elevator idea, now and then the college should do something different.

Easton - Lafayette = Phillipsburg (or Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Catasauqua, etc.)
BPard

Simon Center is on the master plan for demolition/replacement.
2012Pard

I continue to feel that the Great Glass Elevator project seems like an absurdly wasteful solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
Lafalum

Totally wasteful when there are other pressing needs. Boondoggle!! And an example of the academe's tin ear to hard pressed families, donors, and underpaid employees!! Is it more likely to encourage me to donate to the annual fund...NOT!!
Bogus Megapardus

leopard88 wrote:
I'm having trouble picturing what you are describing.  Would the elevator be adjacent to the arena with the skywalk crossing College Avenue at the level of the Simon Center?


It would look something like this -

ed65

Bogey: Great idea but where is the parking?
BPard

ed65 wrote:
Bogey: Great idea but where is the parking?

Parking garage on first level (flood plain). Everything else above.
BillS

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
I'm having trouble picturing what you are describing.  Would the elevator be adjacent to the arena with the skywalk crossing College Avenue at the level of the Simon Center?


It would look something like this -

And we could get the state to finance it☺ Hopefully at least 6 k seating
Pard4Life

Nobody would show up to watch our train wreck every year. It would be like the hanger over in Swine Valley.
Pards Rule

pardfan wrote:
The side of that hill should be considered sacred ground.  Once you deface it, it will not be the same.  Surely there is another way of announcing to future generations that "Alison Byerly was here."


Exactly, any elevator should be completely offset from the direct Third Street view. Preferably on the Bushkill Trail side. With respect to the basketball arena idea, good but parking issues??

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