Library expansion compromises our values
August 8, 2012
I concur wholeheartedly with Kent Reed, Gregory Staple, Junee Kirk and many others who believe the proposed roof addition and canopy over Galena Plaza should be shelved along with other ill-conceived plans that continue the onslaught against preservation of our (fast-disappearing) lines of sight to our incomparable views. This proposal is too much and not needed. But beyond that, it actually would detract from a beautiful spot, which can, and I hope will, be transformed into a sodded-lawn civic plaza for all of us to enjoy.
Isn’t it interesting that this proposal is floated at the same time the brickwork needs either extensive repair or (preferably) replacement with grass for a tiny fraction of the cost of this monster project? And, by the way, I use the library all the time and think it is a true jewel of our very special little town. It already has been designed for the needs of the future, with plenty of space, which can be periodically reconfigured as technological and other societal changes warrant.
Let’s return to sanity and remember the reasons we all choose to live here. If we keep these values in mind, it’s easy to see that this project does not promote those values.