The irony of marrying a library to a parking garage

Letter to the SC Sentinel, 11/24/2021- Sometime in the future. I am sitting at a reading table in the newly constructed library/parking garage/housing complex. Stacked in front of me are books by Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Mary Dykstra, and Michael Mann, all of them shouting to anyone who will listen about climate change and the oh-so-dire consequences in store if we continue to ignore it.

Meanwhile, not 300 feet above my head, a cacophonous ghetto of smog-belching automobiles – welcomed with open arms by a revenue-hungry City Hall – does what these tin can bullies always do: take up space, foul the air, sap the soul.

The irony of marrying a library with a car shelter is so horribly delicious that I half expect Mark Twain to rise from the grave and humorously chronicle our collective pathology – if only to make us laugh to keep from crying.

— Tim Rudolph, Santa Cruz

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