Last login: Sunday, October 25, 2009
I applaud the council's Rules Committee for authorizing $500,000 in redevelopment funds for the library project. I just made a permanent move from Minneapolis, MN to San Diego in August. One of my first tasks was to sign up for a libary card at the San Diego Public Library. I was appaled at the condition of San Diego's Public Library after enjoying a world class public library in downtown Minneapolis. I think that San Diego could learn a lot from Minneapolis regarding the mission and funding of a downtown library. Minneapolis built a world class new library in 2002. Shortly thereafter the city ran into funding problems. Hennepin County of which Minneapolis is a part stepped up to the plate and integrated the Minneapolis Public Library in the the county wide system. Now, the Minneapolis Public Libary's rich collection is accessible to all residents county-wide. The library was a win-win for the city and the county. I would recommend that KPBS do a documentary on the Minneapolis Public Library so that San Diego city and county residents may learn from the Minneapolis and Hennepin County experience. You may wish to link onto their website at http://www.mplib.org/central.asp.
October 25, 2009 at 4:20 p.m.
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