SC downtown library meshes with civic core

Letter to the SC Sentinel, 4/1/2022

I agree with the March 30 letter that the Half Moon Bay and Los Gatos public libraries are beautiful 21st century libraries. Please visit them or look them up online. Notice they are both free-standing buildings full of light and open space.

They demonstrate perfectly why our Santa Cruz downtown library should be rebuilt in its current location and not be moved and built as part of a mixed-use structure attached to eight stories of parking and housing.

Our downtown library’s current location matches the Los Gatos library location described as revitalizing its civic core and “prioritizing enduring connections to the Town’s Civic Center and historic Pageant Park.” I realize that Santa Cruz is not Los Gatos but our downtown benefits from the enduring connection of our downtown library to our Civic Center and City Hall by rebuilding our downtown library in its current location.

— Sara Bassler, Santa Cruz

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