Boren doesn't like parking garages.
Aesthetically? Philosophically? I'm intrigued.
From what I have gathered, it is actually a few things:
1) The infrastructure around campus isn't the best developed. Most roads around campus are one lane in each direction. Putting a higher density of cars in an area places further strain on the system.
2) Parking garages are expensive. The density of development makes surface parking cheap, and garages unnecessary. It would take years and years to pay another one off. The administration doesn't really care much about students having to walk to class. Note: the law school is lucky; we have our own lot very close to the school. I started out at UT, and part of our parking was across I-35, so I don't think OU is alone in this.
3) Parking garages have been built only where the outside community (donors) would be affected. Boren loves the arts, and the state worships football (perhaps rightfully so), so the garages are placed around the stadium, union, and arts area.
The Greek community, along with the rest of the university, has been pushing for a garage behind Dale Hall for years. It would really cut down on the congestion around the houses west of campus. Right now Greek houses just buy other homes, tear them down, and create surface lots on the land. The university does the same thing. They bought the Pike house for a few million, and then turned it into another surface lot near the dorms. Every time a parking garage gets brought up, it is always "cost factors" that are given as the reason.
All of that being said, the lot on the SE corner of Jenkins and Lindsey would be a great location for a parking garage- donors love Sooner football. The university/athletic dept. is currently raising money for bigger athletic dorms which are across the street from the lot. If or when the aquatic center ever gets built (a whole other debacle), it will severely cut down on the parking near the stadium. At that point a garage might be built, but I don't know that enough easements could be created to add the extra lanes to get traffic in and out of the garage (great location, but bad access). I would venture to guess that lot will be surface parking the entire time we are at OU. As parking continues to become a problem, the university will do what it does best- buy homes to create surface parking.
I could go on, but I'll stop for now, haha.