Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Is this a Library or a Transformer?

I am a big time reader. My wife bought me the Kindle for a wedding present and it is probably my most prized possession (until football comes back around, at which time I will go back to adoring my TV). Before using the Kindle, I loved going to the library, reserving the new books, and saving money on everything free the library offers. I was pleased to see the Miller Branch library is going to be renovated, but slightly taken aback at all of the plans they have for it.

...an organic garden...
...Howard County Historical Society Offices...
...an indoor water feature winding throughout the first floor...
...plum trees...
...a room designed like a big iPod (really)...

Plans for a spiral staircase were scrapped due to the tough economic times. I had no idea that spiral staircases were more expensive than AN INDOOR WATER FEATURE.

Oh, and it is intended to invoke similarities with:
...a stone cottage...
...the Patapsco Female Institute...
...the old Thomas Viaduct railroad bridge(?)...
...the Enchanted Forest amusement park...

Maybe it's just me, but I remember when they put a coffee bar in the Central Branch library. It lasted about a year. People tended to just go to the library for the books.

3 comments:

  1. I can't get upset with the use of tax dollars for library beautification when we are blindsiding residents with astronomical infrastructure needs following approval of unwieldy land development.

    On a recent radio broadcast, Howard was named the #1 problem polluting the Chesapeake today--not the farmers! It was also said that we have a "third world" water and sewer system that is dumping RAW SEWAGE into the chesapeake during heavy rains. I had no idea this was occurring in 2009. Now our electeds are actually considering putting 5500 additional housing units in just downtown Columbia alone - we'll all pay for that and the developer will walk away with the profit.

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  2. That is disturbing. Do you have any links that I can follow that up with? I'd like to look into this further.

    ...but come on...an indoor water feature? Ha ha.

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  3. Google WAMU Riverkeeper to see the program link, I can't get to the link from my current location. The Howard discussion is just about half way through the program.

    This is eggregious, but hardly the only example. I'll check to see if I'm at liberty to tell you about another situation in which the county is actually planning to pay mega $ taxpayer money for a developer screw up.

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