Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 | Brevity is the only merit in Mr. Rose’s letter that dismissed the notion of our needing a new downtown central library.

I disagree with him: a strong central library is not a dinosaur, nor is it just a fever-dream of some departed mayor, nor can the internet – a fallible tool – ever substitute for the institution of “the library” itself.

A spacious central library with myriad functions and resident specialists is the hallmark of every true city – not the blocks of unoccupied condos, cavernous convention center and expensive baseball-only stadium which pass as our civic monuments in San Diego.

Let’s find the money and the will to build a central library that will make us proud – and smarter than Mr. Rose imagines us to be.

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