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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:59 PM

 

Bloomberg Wants To Demolish Public Libraries Before He Goes

Mayor Bloomberg refuses to adequately fund our public libraries unless they sell off assets including crown jewels of the system, a plan that is wrong-headed and counterproductive.

We are in a period of steadily increasing use of libraries by all sectors of New York’s population, attendance is up 40% and circulations are up 59%, while the amount required to properly fund libraries is a pittance compared to other city expenditures.

Bloomberg’s plan would eliminate irreplaceable and historic crown jewels, such as the research stacks underneath the main 42nd Street library, and demolish Brooklyn Heights Art Deco style building, housing 62,000 square feet of library space replacing it with only 15,000 square feet of space in a developer’s high rise. The removal of the Brooklyn Business Library from Brooklyn’s central business district in downtown Brooklyn, the hub of commerce, transportation, and next to universities is a travesty. These are just two examples of a scheme to shrink New York’s public library system, eliminating resources that communities depend on.

We need to immediately halt real estate deals that involve selling any more branches to private developers until the libraries have been properly funded and until the needs of the public’s library system are the first priority.

http://signon.org/sign/save-new-york-city-libraries?source=mo&id=62839-3014856-6XTNVmx

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Reply Bloomberg Wants To Demolish Public Libraries Before He Goes (Original post)
HiPointDem Feb 2013 OP
Ed Suspicious Feb 2013 #1
msongs Feb 2013 #3
HoneychildMooseMoss Feb 2013 #5
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #2
mindwalker_i Feb 2013 #4
tilsammans Feb 2013 #6
freshwest Feb 2013 #7
Deep13 Feb 2013 #8
BainsBane Feb 2013 #9
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #11
intheflow Feb 2013 #10

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:07 PM

1. Why are these assholes constantly attacking what makes this country good? nt

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:14 PM

3. because people vote them into office in elections nt

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:50 PM

5. They have a lord/serf mentality

Serfs are not supposed to enrich their minds, they're just supposed to work for their lords and live a subsistence lifestyle while the lords take everything of value.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:07 PM

2. It is a shame that so many politicians have turned to worship Satan

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:43 PM

4. Readin' ?! That's unAmerican.

Get yer ass in front of a TV!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:54 PM

6. K & R!

For the books and the people. For our quality of life.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:57 AM

7. Wasn't Andrew Carnegie, despite how he made his millions, a supporter of public libraries?

And isn't the Carnegie Foundation (no matter what we may think of them) still active in NYC? Would they be able to help keep these open, since as the OP says, they are being used more often?

I hated seeing the beautiful public library in my city shuttered to the public and used as the administrators office space. I loved to spend time there in old building, often the only space to sit were the stairways to read books.

This was back in the late seventies and early eighties. They build this modern monstrosity across the plaza on the same block, with a lot of wasted space and sold the books from the old library for almost nothing. History gone.

Now the new place had computers and all of that, but I never wanted to spend any time in it and it seemed that no one else did, either. They just walked in got their books or media and left.

This is likely all about real estate development and everyone is supposed to get their education off the internet. This destroys community and the Commons, but many have voluntarily left the community and abandoned the Commons now.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:54 AM

8. Asshole. Fuck you, control freak.

Are we sure he isn't a Republican?

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 02:05 AM

9. I love how everyone accepts this uncritically

Here you have a link to a petition by someone whose username suggests he's from NC.
I don't know the circumstances of library funding in NYC, but I'm wondering what cities aren't cutting library funds in this budget climate? Ours has had to cut back hours, and it's not because the city is run by an "authoritarian." It's because the state, which is legally required to balance the budget, has cut funding.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:41 AM

11. Bloomberg has been cutting libraries for a long time.

 

At an executive budget hearing of the City Council in May, 2012, Johnson said that since fiscal year 2008, Mayor Bloomberg’s budget cuts resulted in the elimination of approximately 20 percent of the library’s city appropriation, or roughly $15 million.

“Since FY2008, our workforce has been reduced by 170 positions through attrition. Moreover … we have not hired a new librarian using general operating money since November 2008,” Johnson testified.

On top of these cuts, Mayor Bloomberg proposed last year to eliminate one-third of the library’s entire operating budget in 2013 — but after a blitz of petitions, letters and support from Brooklyn City Council members — almost all of those cuts were restored in June.

Meanwhile, library use has been soaring, with circulation up 77 percent and attendance up 41 percent, from 2002 to 2011.

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/brooklyn-business-library-plans-abandon-downtown-future-brooklyn-heights-and-carnegie-leon-levy-information-commons


It's about real estate & privatization.

Bloomberg has plenty of money to waste on connected contractor boondoggles:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-collins/citytime-crime-is-mayor-b_b_890202.html

Plenty of money to waste on charter schools:

http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2012/03/bloomberg-raising-money-for-charter.html


But he wants to balance his budget by selling public assets and raising the price of school lunches. In one of the richest cities in the country.

He could fund NYC's budget gap all by himself.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:38 AM

10. K&R n/t

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