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A proposed expansion to the Lawrence Public library includes a renovated entrance on Vermont Street, shown in this artist’s rendering.

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John Hamm 4 years, 6 months ago

Why? It's ugly. What does it accomplish except waste money?

onceinawhile 4 years, 5 months ago

Providing books, CDs, movies, magazines, and other resources to people of all ages, offering classes for kids, providing free/cheap access to computers and printers, hosting different events, such as book clubs, concerts, movie showings, etc.? Also -- taxpayers get to vote on the expansion, so why are you so angry?

9070811 4 years, 6 months ago

So incredibly fugly. Is this real life? Why is it so ugly? Can't we do some old architecture? Kind of like the rest of downtown? Excluding the fugly Arts Center. I can't even begin to explain how fugly this proposal is. Kind of like the ugly Topeka library. Though, they have amazing services.

marzipan 3 years, 5 months ago

"Can't we do some old architecture? " Spoken like an American who doesn't know a thing about architectural design. Doing something new but then trying to make it look like it's old is just sad, and as far as design goes, doesn't pay any respect to the contemporary age in which it's being added on. Most of the other buildings downtown that look old actually are old. If every new addition or building added to the downtown area was made to "look old" to 'match' (which it wouldn't anyway) the rest of the area, eventually the downtown area would be a conglomerate of (fake) old buildings, and the historic value of old downtown Lawrence would decline. A tasteful mix of old and new is what adds contrast and character, and actually makes things interesting.

Keith 4 years, 6 months ago

Alright! Some place for the pigeons to roost!

JSeraphim 4 years, 5 months ago

I just showed this to my five-year old. She's says "It's cool. I want it to look like that."

LadyJ 4 years, 5 months ago

If a really big wind comes along, will it fly?

50YearResident 3 years, 8 months ago

How much of the 18 million is the ugly awning going to cost?

ranger73 3 years, 8 months ago

it's more like 3 million-the rest goes into the parking garage, and it's 19 million, even though the vote was for 18 million

Carol Bowen 3 years, 5 months ago

It's ugly. Sometimes, the art in architecture is just too far out for my taste. I don't like south Junior High, either. The building looks generic, dysfunctional, and cold. I hope this style of architecture is a fad that doesn't last long.

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