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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

New Library Discriminates Based on How You Get There

I don't know all the details, but a Star-Trib article this morning set me off.

After detailing all the luxurious new features at the renovated Ramsey County Library in Roseville -- fire places, terazzo floors, computers galore -- the article casually dropped this little tidbit:

"Pavement murals adorn parking spots reserved for carpools and fuel-efficient vehicles near the front door."

Since when should librarians and libraries decide what is fuel efficient? And implement what amounts to a preferred clientele program to boot.

I invite commentary on what to me is another overreach by the county.


Blogger Force50 said...

Worse than I thought. Checked out the parking lot and nearly the entire convenient south lot is designated for compact cars. In front of the west side entrance are the spots designated for fuel-efficient cars. This is a lefty utopian dream whereby they can send an SUV driver or a Crown Victoria driver to the north lot to take a long walk. They know who their second class citizens are. Ironically those are likely the most taxed. Full scale discrimination permitted here. Global warming nuts rule ... if we allow it.

7/06/2010 6:44 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

Guess I'll just have to occupy multiple parking spots when I park my large V-8 powered truck next to (or perhaps on top of) some tree hugger's upholstered roller skate.

7/06/2010 10:26 PM  
Blogger John Galt said...

Time for all of us who drive a larger car for a reason (like raising several future taxpayers ... who'll pay librarians' salaries, buy books, etc) to go and complain. Fitting with my general campaign to make life difficult for govt workers, whether the librarians made that decision or not, they're the ones who're going to hear about it. So much for libraries as resources to families.

7/09/2010 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very likely that the RCPL has provided preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles in order to qualify for LEEDS certification for major renovations. By setting aside 5% of the total parking spaces, RCPL earned 1 "Sustainable Sites" credit. There is a list of over 600 vehicles that have earned a "green score" of at least 40 from the ACEEE (http://www.greenercars.org/about.htm) Just how giving special privileges to drivers of certain fuel efficient cars makes a positive impact on public health and the environment, I can't imagine. Would anyone make a car buying decision based on the fact that he could get a better parking place at the library? In any case, I can't imagine that the library will make a serious effort to enforce the policy. Which is more environmentally friendly: a Subaru ,which is not on the list, carrying 4 passengers, or a Pontiac G6--one of the "green cars"--with a single passenger?

7/24/2010 4:02 PM  

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