Second Year Cadet Compares Peninsula Parking to Downtown T.O._ _ _ _ _
By: 27249 (II) Michael Cambare
Driving down a road in downtown Toronto, one can easily enjoy the multitude of architectural styles that line the streets. Second empire, Romanesque, Victorian, and modernist are just some of the many styles from the many different periods in which Toronto has existed. Of course, the other reason one can so easily gawk at the buildings while driving along is because of the absolute mess of traffic that plagues Toronto’s most important arteries at all hours of the clock. Any knowledgeable person would shudder at the thought of having to navigate the hellish perfect storm of cars that fester in the downtown, and the mere thought of then needing to park their car somewhere a midst that impossible game of musical chairs would only further speed the collapse of that same person.
On the drive back to Kingston, I contemplate the similarities.
I arrive through the gates of RMCC and find myself enjoying the multitude of architectural styles that line the streets as I speed by at 10 KPH. Second empire, Victorian, and modernist are just some of the many styles from the many different periods in which RMCC has existed. I find a beautiful campus built on a precious few acres of land occupied by historical landmarks and modern buildings. And most strikingly, I find myself again facing that same parking dilemma as I struggle to think about where to park.
The lack of parking, a fact exacerbated by ongoing construction around the point, has made on-point parking during peak hours a heavily sought after commodity. It’s a dilemma that the college seeks to mitigate, in the same manner as Toronto, by strictly enforcing parking bylaws in the hopes it adequately deters would be parking criminals – and for cadets, it works as a strong enough deterrence. Nothing conjures up more fear in a cadet’s eyes than the thought of a parking ticket on the dashboard followed by 21 days of gators and sequestration to the peninsula.
Nonetheless one can dream. Sometimes along the 20 minute walk to my car on a cold winter’s night, I think about all the things I would do for a permanent point parking spot:
Opt to live inside Fort Frederick
Have meals consisting of only bread and water for the semester
Flag party every Wednesday for the year
Donate 1 litre of blood every month
Join the navy
March at 360 degrees at all times in uniform