This story was published on August 13, 2014 in the UMass Amherst News & Media Relations online publication.
Eleven thousand, three-hundred, some-odd: that is the number of parking spaces in Jonathan “Jon” King’s new domain as manager of Parking Services.
At the same time, King – who succeeded Michael Brennan as parking chief on June 1 – is quick to point out that for many people on campus, a parking space is more than a couple of lines on the asphalt.
“For a lot of people, it is a pretty personal thing,” said King. “People take it very seriously and very personally.”
Almost everybody, he says, would love a personal parking space just outside the office door. Others have called it the “dooryard” syndrome, where loading and unloading is a snap, and the car is always poised outward for quick exits. A great parking spot incorporates status, convenience and comfort.