A Very Important Complaint

There are some stepping stones outside of a building I am frequently in and out of, going across a often-flooded grassy area. This is important to note because it is, more often than not, required to use the stones to walk across the grass. The stones are square, and approximately 18 inches on edge. They are put in two rows, alternating, and placed corner to corner, like _--_--_--_--. They are spaced just perfectly so that to only walk on stones, you must walk with an a) awkwardly-short stride to hit each one in sequence, b) walk with an awkwardly-long stride to hit every other one, or c) walk with an awkwardly-cerebal-palsy sort of stride to alternate with one foot and not with the other. Needless to say, you cannot continue with your normal gait from the sidewalk to the stepping stones without stepping in the grass and cursing God for getting your hot kicks all muddy.

The same thing exists across campus. There is (was) a stairwell by the library that is built in that long, shallow style since it's going up a rather shallow hill. That's cool and all, except the stairs are ridiculously deep and it's impossible to go up them foot-by-foot without looking like Bigfoot striding through the woods. Can't they just build a ramp? Can't they get bigger stepping stones? These sorts of problems probably didn't even enter the designer's heads, and certainly didn't enter the landscaping workers' heads. It's terrible, you guys. Thank you.


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