That’s an easy one.
Notice how the people in this prestigious architectural rendering are all White, and that there’s no one sitting there who looks to be over the apparent calendar age of about 31 or so?
Fortunately, this particular NYPL scheme bit the dust last year, but that was only because of the radical activism of thousands of NY book lovers and international authors and critics. They didn’t want their storied Fifth Avenue facility turned into another boutique project for world-famous architects.
But the menace remains. Nothing’s assured in New York, and there are people in Burbank who’d love to dumb-down our own Central Branch and turn it into a “non-elitist” community center. It’s going on right now, this planning and scheming effort. And it’s one big reason why Scott chose his pick for Burbank’s new head librarian. She’s a dreamer they say.
Btw, that’s also what the movers and shakers said about the NYPL project above. The original building and its contents were just so elitist and small minded you know. So let’s make it for everyone. Which means getting rid of lots of books to make room for whatever new is in style. That’s what finally galvanized the critics to fight back; and sadly, this technocratic/bureaucratic impulse to want to ruin things is found everywhere.
Notice no one ever says this about public sports arenas or playing fields? You never hear anyone say, “Hey, let’s let people maybe plant something nice and sustainable in there…
“Get rid of a couple of those baseball diamonds and practice courts and put in kale instead.”
How come it’s the libraries they always want to gut?