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May 21, 2014


I can't believe it would not be fabulously expensive to turn the library into a quality police facility and to provide for a quality library facility elsewhere in the downtown area. I think the council is in for a bad surprise when they cost this out. Of course they can always go for a quality police facility and a crappy library. Listening to the conversation at the work session, I am afraid that things may go in that direction with this group of city councilors. If this happens, library supporters in this town, of which there are many, will go bananas. All hell will break loose. Libraries are the third rail of local politics in many communities including this one.

Jim, good points. I can't help but think of the response from the Riverfront Park Carousel folks when the City tried to take part of their (public) parking lot and make it into a private access road for the Pringle Square apartments.

Man, those lovers of wooden horses who make musical noises as they go around were FEROCIOUS. Like you said, I expect library lovers would be equally outraged about a plan to take over the Salem Public Library for a police facility. It would take more than a SWAT team to hold them off.

I think the Powers That Be seem to need to lose a few more council seats to make reality's acquaintance more closely.

Save The Library? Count me in.

If the library were to be located at Marion Parkade it will lower income to the Parking District and downtown businesses will be forced to make up the difference.

The Parkades were built for employee and customer parking. When all the existing upper floors are built out for businesses, where will those customers and employees park?

The city only likes this location because they can legally use Urban Renewal dollars to pay for the library build out. Urban Renewal expenditures like this do nothing to bring prosperity to downtown - just like the $32 million Conference Center and the $30 million Riverfront Park - they just take up more on-street parking. We need the next UR bond to pay for Streetscape- not to pay for more basic city services.

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