Friday, June 10, 2011

If you build it, they will come (and maybe find it closed)

Troubling economic readings won't deter Fulton library construction. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/10/2011)

Excerpt: Three years ago, before the depths of the current economic downturn could be fully envisioned, Fulton County voters approved the most expensive library construction program in state history.

Now, as it’s preparing to launch that $275 million construction program -- which will build eight new libraries, fund at least half the cost of a new Central Library and touch every existing branch through consolidations, expansions and renovations -- the county has no plan for raising the estimated $8 million a year needed to keep the lights on and the checkout counters staffed once the new branches are built.

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