CSULB has long been a commuter college, with massive parking lots providing 14,000 parking spaces to nearly 40,000 students, faculty and visitors. But what if we didn’t need all that parking space in 2030? If the advent of self-driving vehicles substantially reduced the number of cars that park on campus, what could we use that space for?
Answers to this question abounded in the first few hours of gameplay.
One of the most radical responses came from DEBORAH GUILBEAU, who imagined “mini-cities” in former parking spaces, providing students with not just housing, but also stores and other services.
More housing and amenities would keep more students on campus and, as JAMES FERREIRA asserts, could help students focus on their studies.
Not all students, of course, are able to be on campus full-time, with work and family commitments pulling them away from the school. WENDY suggested on-demand housing in the form of hotels as a way of meeting the needs of those students and their visiting families.
(A hotel, JEANETTE JONES, pointed out, could be student-run, providing “experiential hands-on learning for the hospitality students.”)
Several people wanted to unpave the parking lots to get some green spaces for the students.
Finally, JOHN flipped the idea of repurposing CSULB parking lots on its head, suggesting that CSULB use surrounding cities’ vacant parking lots as new CSULB sites, to bring learning to students and non-students alike, wherever they are!