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Library location
By Loren Stanton


December 28, 2007

To say that I was shocked at the headline that announced the Ketchikan City Council chose the top of main hill for the library would be an understatement. I immediately thought about the parking problem. Every spot in that parking lot is taken up on days where there is grand jury (One day every week), a trial (many times year round) or a heavy court day (Tuesdays, Fridays etc.) Every parking space in the area is rented and claimed. I rent a spot downtown just so that when I go to court I know I will have a spot within a half a mile of the court building! Sometimes someone is using my spot that I pay for and that does not make me happy.

The United Methodist Church rents out almost every spot it has downtown and then it has to chase people out of the lot constantly. It is quite clear that the council is not thinking outside the box when it comes to the library of the future. The library of the future is not a big tall building in a tight downtown space! We need a library where we can order a book online and swing through a drive through and pick up our book. Main hill will not be easy to get to for anyone. One narrow drive in and out, up a steep hill, and not convenient for anyone except those living right there and those people may be seriously messed up by years of construction.

We need those doing the city's business to think like First Bank when they built their new building - make it convenient to all. Make it instantly accessible to cars and the bus route. If you want to serve the people make it people friendly. Please stop making me dread reading the headlines after your meetings.

Loren Stanton
Ketchikan, AK

Received December 27, 2007 - Published December 28, 2007


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