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Which sounds like the best option for library expansion in Lawrence?

Response Percent Votes
Expanding downtown at a cost of up to $30 million.
41% 96
Creating satellite branches at a cost of up to $15 million.
37% 88
No changes are needed.
20% 48
Total 232


braden_quinn 11 years, 5 months ago

All of downtown needs some serious help to compete with Legends.

If the City doesn't do something now all of downtown will be tied to the same fate as the river front mall. I'm not 100% up on it but did they give the businesses any kind of tax breaks due to the water dept. closing down Mass Street?

Might has well bent them over from the looks of the aftermath. Store Closing, Store Closing, Store Closing...

opnmynd 11 years, 5 months ago

As a voter and tax payer I would support a new expanded library downtown. I would NOT support a library satellite branch system. I agree with Mr. Flanders that we must first bring our main library facility up to the minimum standards. A satellite system would only take precious resources away from improvements to the main facility which in its current condition is an embarrassment to the community. With all due respect to the library and city decision makers, I have to wonder why they feel they need the approval of voters for improvements to our public library. Every great community has a great public library facility at the heart of its civic pride. Why should Lawrence settle for less? I love the idea of maintaining the downtown as the cultural and civic center of Lawrence. Moving the main facilty to the geographical center of Lawrence, as proposed by some, sounds good on the surface; but is it worth robbing our downtown of its greatest civic asset so West Lawrence citizens don't have to be inconvenienced by an extra five minutes drive time? I live in West Lawrence and I take every opportunity to get downtown with my family. The library belongs in the urban core within walking distance of the Arts Center, restaurants and shops.

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