Right now I am a sophomore at Ohio State (Main Campus) and am taking a City and Regional Planning course. Today our assignment was to walk up and down Lane Ave. and try to find a few spots to redesign/improve. We drew up some plans that included a lot of changes, and frankly, the part of Lane Ave. that runs along north campus is in dire need of improvements. The entire section of parking lot near St. John's seems to be (a lot of!) poorly used space, and the apartment towers nearby are not doing any favors for the general look of the area.
Elsewhere, the campus has some very attractive areas. For example, the oval is always popular, the buildings around the oval are very nice (Thompson Library and Orton Hall are awesome), some of the south campus buildings look great, and The Union is awesome, but in a lot of spaces it seems that little or no care is given to making the area look good. This definitely occurs in North Campus areas, which includes completely homogenous buildings and bland spaces in-between. And recently, every fence put up on campus is either a line of 4X4's stuck in the ground with chains connecting them or a few poles connected by yellow rope. That's just downright ugly. I am majoring in history, but the history building (Dulles hall) looks pretty dull. It seems that on campus, for every nice looking part, there is an unpleasant or boring area. Shouldn't such a great and popular University put more effort into such things?
That's just the opinion of the group in my class though. There have been some great improvements, like the rennovations of Woodruff and 17th! So do not think I hate on everything they do, I'm just voicing an opinion here and trying to get a feel for what people think.
My question to the masses here is: What do you think of the aesthetic appeal of main campus? Do many people care? What are some favorite/not-so-favorite spots around campus? I obviously haven't been around for a very long time, has campus always been like this?
(I apologize if I offend anyone with this post, but City and Regional Planning is all about getting the absolute best out of every area that we develop, and doesn't Ohio State deserve to get the best?)