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More maps necessary to guide through MIT maze

A woman rushes up to a group of us near Building 66, clutching a torn piece of paper. "Do you know where building 36 is? I'm already late!" she shouts at us pointing to the address on the paper. We struggle to give her directions.

A cab pulls up beside me near Building 20. The driver leans out and says, "Hey, you know where Building 40 is? We've been looking for a long time." I shrug my shoulders. The driver mutters under his breath.

Countless times I've been confronted with the exasperated, confused faces of people trying to find their way around the MIT campus. This is completely absurd.

Lost people wandering around the campus does not in any way contribute to good will towards the university. The campus has a rather confusing layout which is made more complicated to visitors by having buildings designated by numbers rather than names.

I need to know: Why in the world can't MIT post more than one (obscurely located) campus map? The lack of these maps seems such an obvious omission, that I cannot fathom a reasonable explanation for their absence.

Probably, it would not even require a large number of maps to ease the life of frustrated visitors. Perhaps one by the subway station, one near 77 Massachusetts Avenue, one near Walker on Memorial Drive, and one on Ames Street near Building 66. Of course, more would be even better.

I would appreciate a response from whichever campus department or office is responsible for such matters.

Gwen Freyd G->