Monday, December 11, 2006

Need an antidote for civic cynicism?

The cantilevered stairwell in the Library lobbyGo to the Benjamin Hooks Central Library on a Sunday. Parking lot full. Waiting line for the computers. Lots of kids.

On a Sunday.

With the new library, Memphis hit the Trifecta:

  1. city leaders make good decisions.
  2. a beautiful building creates demand for what's inside and improves the area surrounding it.
  3. The citizens of Memphis use it and learn.

I wonder if the branch libraries are this busy. I also wonder if their computers see the same use as the Central Library.


Blogger Justin W. McGregor said...

For the most part I've been impressed with the central library (and the library system in general) since I moved here.

About the computers at the branches: We had to do a number of spot checks of local library branches (5 branches on three different weekdays) for the launch of a pretty big web app and there were at least three occasions where I had to wait to get a machine. Granted these weren't long waits, but still...

Granted I was more worried about QOS than how many people were sitting around me, but I'd hazard a guess that when I was there I saw at least 50% machine utilization.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous sherman said...

Memphis library rules! A far better investment in Memphis and Memphians than anything else in the last 10 years.

8:02 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Good to know that it's not isolated to the Central branch.

Computers for citizens, and beautiful buildings seem to be great investments for Memphis.

1:43 PM  

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