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Old 07-27-2007, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by floridadreamer View Post
I agree if it's the University's fault, they need to come up with something to help you out. I did have another thought, which was to see if there's anyone else having to do something similar. Maybe you could walk together, or maybe you could arrange a ride share with someone from work. I know if it was me, I would volunteer to share rather than let someone risk their safety.

It's going to be tough to find another student who is going to be heading to work at 3 am. Anything's possible though, and those are good suggestions.

I can see why GSU would build an undersized parking deck since they're VERY serious about revitalizing downtown into an area where students (and downtown residents in general) do not need cars, but downtown is not even close to that point yet. The closest grocery store is at Piedmont and North Ave. Unless they're going to set up a student shuttle that goes from the dorms to the grocery store (which they shoud do and perhaps are planning to do), you're going to need more than just your feet for transportation. I think this is a case of GSU being a little too ambitious.
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:35 AM
Location: Tampa baby!!
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It's going to be tough to find another student who is going to be heading to work at 3 am. Anything's possible though, and those are good suggestions.
Doesn't have to be a student though, she could just find someone that lives in the area. I've done it for people, but maybe I am just more generous than the average person when it comes to things like that. I don't put myself in dangerous situations, so try to avoid letting other women do it either.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:16 AM
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Are you going to be living at the University Lofts or the University Commons? The Lofts would not be a long walk to Underground Atlanta parking, the Commons would be a haul. I am sure the university will have shuttle service from the Commons, but the schedule/route has not been posted online yet. I seriously doubt that the shuttle will run at 3:00 a.m. though. The police escort service does not operate at this time of the morning, either. I strongly suggest you contact the campus police and explain your situation ((404) 413-2100). They can give you an accurate assessment of your safety making that walk and help you come up with a solution if necessary. They do not want you to have to place yourself at risk of victimization. If nothing else, they can't afford the negative press coverage. My experience has always been positive with the campus police (both as university employees and as students). My experiences with the parking office has been FAR less positive. Parking is NOT part of the campus police office, they are not even in the same building. Don't let your frustration with the parking office influence your interactions with campus police.
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Old 07-27-2007, 08:36 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Originally Posted by JPD View Post
Tell GSU you expect them to provide 24 hour police or security escort to the parking lot.

They probably already do provide this service, but if not, rasie hell until they do.
Yeah, I'd have to raise some stink about it, too. Even during the day I watch around me carefully near Underground in the garages on the rare occasions I go - after dark or especially at 3am no one is going to be out on the streets except the nutburgers (say addicts, etc) who are looking for quick cash (as in - muggings, car jackings, etc).

Even if your odds at that time of day/morning are 1 in 1000, you're still in an environment where most regular people are asleep and there are few others out to hear you if you call out for help, or be a witness if anything happens. Considering the usual class of "Rent-a-cops" most places hire around downtown, I seriously doubt security in that lot is top notch that time of night, either.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by reeb1092003 View Post
As the title says I'm going to be living in the Georgia State Dorms this year, and due to some parking issues I am being forced to park( for free) at the underground atlanta parking lot a few blocks down...The parking raffle at GSU screwed me out of a spot, and they are trying to compensate. I will be taking late afternoon/early evening classes as i work very early in the morning. I would just like some input as to how safe this is going to be, walking from the dorms to the underground lot. I will be leaving for work between 3 and 4 am daily and am not sure how comfortable i will be walking alone at this time of the morning.
Look, my last reply was too short, I should have been more serious.
I have done work at that location at night. I WOULD NOT go there by myself, period. Carrying a pistol saved me from getting carjacked once, but I do not think carrying one would be adequate if you were on foot. Besides which I don't think you could carry one into the dorm, after what's happened recently.

I would simply refuse the 'offer', and insist they come up with something better. Being dead isn't a good career move.
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