Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 | The idea of a “FedEx library” as Mr. Aponte suggests is perhaps an attractive idea. What we need to know are the particulars: where else has it worked? Why aren’t other cities thinking about it (let’s look at Seattle as a strong example for our own situation, financial crises notwithstanding)? Can we raise money for that purpose rather than for building the Quigley design we’ve already shelled out considerable cash, time, and attention to? If the downtown library is an impossibility or perhaps ill conceived, what other ideas are there, and how will we go about fully exploring them? And why did we at one point think that we could build this central library when now the situation looks so impossible? What went wrong?

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