The Longest Yard
Why does MSOE's new soccer field and parking lot make us think of a prison?
As the Milwaukee School of Engineering Athletic Field and Parking Complex comes closer to completion the failure of its design is coming into cold, stark view. Long blank walls pierced only by windows looking into darkness turn Broadway into an alley and insure Ogden Ave. will never be inviting to pedestrians. The stair towers remind one of guard towers at a penitentiary. The inmates will really be running the asylum on October 9th when UW-Plateville comes to the yard sporting their orange unis. And when complete this parking garage will hold 780 cars and just one soccer game on the field above it.
Nope, it’s not the highest, best use of the land. In February 2013, while speaking about MSOE’s commitment to downtown Milwaukee Dr. Hermann Viets, President MSOE, said “…we could certainly do better.” May we suggest the same applies to this ill-designed parking complex.
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