As Tim Lavallee pointed out, those familiar with UMass Boston knew the garage was a tragedy in waiting. Today’s Globe quotes UMass Boston machinist Tom Goodkind: "We always joked that it would take someone's death to get them to do something about the garage, and now they finally have."
Even scarier is this May 1, 2005 Globe entry concerning a "large piece" of the garage that fell on a car:
At a public forum Wednesday afternoon, [candidate for then vacant UMB chancellor’s post Marvin] Krislov…was asked by a staff member if he had seen the decaying garage that doubles as a foundation for much of the campus. (A recent Globe story about the garage quoted a professor who said job candidates are kept away from the crumbling structure.) ''I've seen it, I'm aware of it, and it would be a high priority," Krislov answered. Within minutes of the exchange, a retired professor at the meeting was quietly taken aside by UMass officials and told that a large piece of concrete had just fallen on her car in the garage, cracking the windshield and denting the roof.
Quick poll – What disturbs you most about the UMass Boston Garage fiasco? The
serious concern joke about the garage as a potential cause of death? The “large piece of concrete” that would have been fatal if it hit a professor rather than only a professor's car? That it took several years of falling concrete and Milena Del Valle’s death to close the garage. Or is it that the garage “doubles as a foundation for much of the campus” as UMass struggles to get sufficient funding for repairs?
(I wonder how this effects the proposed minor league baseball stadium adjacent to UMass? Maybe the Commonwealth should run the team and use the profits to fund UMass's facility repairs?)
Speaking of the Ward Commission
What happens when you use inferior concrete