Why is there no practical way to cross the Morewood Gardens parking lot?
Fifth Avenue is home to three major student dormitories, and every day students travel from their rooms to campus via the parking lot nestled between Tepper and Morewood Gardens. There's a relatively clear path from the WQED stairs to the crosswalk at Cyert Hall driveway, but this isn't the case for anyone traveling to the corner of Forbes and Morewood Avenue. Any given morning, you can see students making this voyage in slightly different ways because there is no single, most consistently easy way to cross this parking lot diagonally. Why is there no clear pedestrian walkway for this obviously popular path?
The issue is that the only paths between these points that strictly follow curbs and crosswalks take you along the outer edge of the lot. But these paths are extremely inconvenient, so it's no surprise how many people cut across the lot diagonally. Between Fifth and Clyde (264 beds), Fifth Neville Apartments (163 beds), and Residence on Fifth (150 beds), there are at least 577 Carnegie Mellon students that have to cross the Morewood Gardens Parking lot every day to get to campus (not to mention those in Neville House, Highland, Webster, and anybody else living north of Fifth Avenue). Considering that anyone traveling to and from campus has to cross the lot at least twice, there are probably well over a thousand instances of someone traversing this lot every day, very few of which involve the strictly legal path.
There's no crosswalk, no curb bump-outs, not even a pedestrian sign to warn cars because you're technically not supposed to cut across diagonally. Yet hundreds of people do so every day, so let's not act like this is "jaywalking" and acknowledge there is a region of heavy foot-traffic on our campus whose design took almost no consideration of where people would actually be walking. It's a very silly and annoying feature of campus.
The larger concern, however, is that we have a situation where hundreds of students are traversing a parking lot every day at completely random paths, meaning that drivers are equally likely to collide with a pedestrian at any number of points. This is made worse by the fact that pedestrians are popping out between cars, often without checking the road. It shouldn't be much to want a consistent, well-signed point of contact between car and pedestrian paths as opposed to the chaotic free-for-all we have going on now.