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Impolite Practices Put MIHS Parking in Jeopardy

Brooks Kahsai

Mercer Island City Council has received complaints from homeowners alleging rampant littering and disturbance from students parking on 88th Ave SE, more commonly known as “Strip.”

MIHS lacks parking for all students: typically only seniors receive a parking permit for either “C-lot” or the further Northwood lot. Given this massive shortage of parking for sophomores and juniors, hundreds attempt to squeeze onto Strip each morning. 

The problem arises as the homeowners of the residences along “Strip” voice issues with the often rowdy flock of students. Additionally, they claim that the shared spaces have been disrespected by students leaving trash, hosting lunch barbecues and blasting music midday. 

“[Homeowners have] taken it to the city, because obviously that’s city property, not school property. So the city reached out to me to help get the word out to the students that this is something we need to address,” Director of Maintenance and Operations for Mercer Island School District Tony Kuhn said. 

To continue parking on Strip, Kuhn advises students to become more mindful of what they leave behind each day and take responsibility for removing their trash. 

“We need to be good stewards and be very respectful of the neighborhood,” Kuhn said. “It’s a privilege to park there and we need to respect that privilege because we could lose that privilege if we can’t take care of it.”

Kuhn also cautions students against disregarding these complaints.

“If we don’t take care of this, we’re gonna lose it. And if we do lose it, everyone loses because we don’t have additional parking. So if we lose those 100 and some spaces throughout that area, where do those students park?” Kuhn said. 

Given the current lack of parking, the loss of Strip would be detrimental to students’ ability to drive to school. Given MIHS’ open campus policy, many leave for lunch or an off period or go directly to a sports practice after school, optionality not always offered by the city-run bus system. 

“It’s not just the strip. Anytime we’re parking out in the neighborhoods it’s important to be a good neighbor” Kuhn said.

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Kate Grove
Kate Grove, Editor in Chief

Kate is a senior at MIHS and is in her third year of journalism. Last year she was the opinions editor, and this year she is an Editor in Chief. Beyond journalism, Kate enjoys traveling, reading and all manners of getting outside!

Honor Warburg
Honor Warburg, Managing Editor
Honor Warburg, junior at MIHS is in her third year of Journalism. Honor has been a staff writer and a member of the Social Media team. This year, she is the Managing Editor and looks forward to another year of journ! Outside of school Honor is a coxswain at Pocock Rowing Center and enjoys spending time outside.   
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Brooks Kahsai, Multimedia Team/Lead Photographer
Brooks Kahsai is an MIHS Senior and four-year member of The Islander. In previous years, he has served as a staff writer, Back Page Editor and the Photography Editor. This year he is excited to return as The Islander’s Photography Editor. Outside of school, Brooks is a dedicated member of the Black Student Union, and he enjoys photography, coding, singing and spending time with friends.

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    BettyApr 28, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    This is a great article and important for people to know, good job

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    Kate GregsonApr 24, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I really liked the angle of this article! It was interesting and I think a good idea to put in the perspectives of the homeowners because for me at least it made me more sympathetic and understanding as to why this is an important issue. Great article!

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    Kate GregsonApr 22, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    I think this is a really interesting topic. The interview seems to have been a good one because the quotes are great and it definitely causes students to view it from a homeowners point of view which hopefully causes them to be more respectful. Great article!

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    Katie FriedmanApr 20, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    I really appreciate how quick the turn-around for this article was given the time-sensitivity of getting the word out about this issue.

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    Sadie SeumaeApr 20, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    I love this article because I think this is something that needs to be brought up to insure that students work on the way they treat the things they are gifted with. Great article Kate and Honor!