In today’s Washington Post, there is an article about some of the county’s more frugal citizens being infuriated by the prospect of Montgomery County charging parking fees at some of its future urban library sites. The article includes some quotes from extraordinarily overacting seniors:
"The sense was unanimous disbelief that people would have to pay. It's un-American and discriminatory. For me, personally, there's rage," said Irwin Charles Cohen, 63All I can think of is this guy in a 28 Days Later-style rage mauling Doug Duncan over library parking.
"Almost everyone I know in my crew was led to believe that we would not have to pay for parking at the new libraries," said Louise Gregory, 87, a board member at a Rockville senior center. "I wouldn't go if we had to pay for parking, and I'm at the library almost once a week."A. It’s funny that she has a “crew” and B. not to be ‘ageist’, but perhaps it would be better if 87 year-olds are on the road less frequently.
Admittedly, I’m not too familiar with the plans for the new Shady Grove and Rockville libraries, but the new Silver Spring library will be right in the middle of the downtown S.S. at the corner of Wayne & Fenton streets. There is already huge lot immediately across the street that was built for the DTSS development, and that lot charges only 50 cents an hour! That’s the same fee as returning a book two days late. Why even bother building parking for the library? Downtown Silver Spring is an urban area and real estate is at an ever-increasing premium. Do residents of Manhattan expect free parking at New York Public libraries? A new lot would be a waste of space, and I would rather they built a larger library than waste a lower level on a parking garage.
Besides, it’s not like the new Silver Spring library will be completed anytime soon - the current plan calls for a 2011 opening. As many fond memories I have of the present library (the oldest in the county), it does kind of suck. Why did Wheaton get the brand new, fancy library all those years ago instead of us, anyway?