Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

DC Library Sunday hours restored, but...

The Washington Post reports in "The District's MLK library to remain open on Sundays," that Mayor Gray has restored part of the funding cut that was imposed on the DC Library System. In response to the funding cut the DC Public Library System decided to cut Sunday hours (blog entry: "Sunday closure of DC Public Library main branch as another illustration of planning failures"). Also see the DCist piece, "Sunday Hours at MLK Library Restored at Last Minute," which broke first.

Of course, a public outcry ensued, and the Mayor found the money to restore Sunday hours.

Probably that was the Library's plan all along. It's a tried and true budgetary engineering tactic to cut key services that the public uses, to get the public to press for budget restorations.

It doesn't always work though, even if it did this time.

Also see past blog entries from 2006 about the hours and services cuts at the National Archives and Library of Congress facilities in DC here:

-- [National] Archives to Cut Service Hours: Meeting

-- Archives Redux

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