Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 | A modern full-service central library has been a political football in this town for more years than most people have lived here. At this point, few San Diegans know what a civilizing resource a central library can be. If we ever manage to build one, it will be a credit to every person who helps fund it and a blessing to every person who uses it (even if they are scruffy and homeless or well-heeled and mean-spirited.)

That said, I am not especially enamored of the proposed latticed domed Quigley design out there on Moore’s land near Petco Park. (Unless, of course, John Moores wants to step up to the collection plate and fund the whole project from A to Z as public penance for his lucrative self-serving past.)

At this point we’ve stalled so long that a new library site and different design may be in order. We could even build a high-rise at the present library site which would include automobile parking levels for library patrons as part of the structure.

Anyway, maybe will tell us where to send our contributions to get this worthy non-partisan project going.

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