I'm working on a short article for the Planning Commissioners Journal on the value of public libraries to downtowns and village centers. I'd be interested in any feedback about the following:
-- your own community's experience with libraries -- do you have a downtown public library? what sort of benefits does it bring to your downtown? have there ever been discussions of relocating it outside the downtown area?
-- any folks I might contact and/or research you're aware of on economic impacts of having libraries downtown.
-- any planning issues/concerns related to the above.
The article will be an expansion of a blog posting I did on downtown libraries last May.