Libraries

November 9, 2016, 1pm PST
Neighborhood revitalization will focus on parks and libraries under a new program in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 10, 2016, 11am PDT
In 2006, Dallas voters approved a bond package that promised $42 million for new libraries. Ten years later, and after $11.75 million in spending, none of the projects are close to completion.
The Dallas Morning News
April 14, 2016, 10am PDT
A study by the Center for Urban Future reveals library hours in New York City to have improved a great deal in recent years—while still lagging behind state and national averages.
Center For An Urban Future
February 26, 2016, 10am PST
Investment in public space is shaping up as a signature initiative for new Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
Philadelphia
January 27, 2016, 1pm PST
It's been said that children are the indicator species of urban health and great neighborhoods. By this measure, Oakland is in trouble.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
February 16, 2014, 1pm PST
A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that despite the increasing use of tablets and e-readers, Americans still love books and still rely on libraries as a central cultural institution.
Pew Research Center
October 6, 2013, 11am PDT
Based on lessons from recent disasters in Chicago and New York, where lively urban spaces helped communities to survive and recover, Michael Kimmelman suggests that neighborhood libraries could be designed with such a purpose in mind.
The New York Times
June 2, 2012, 7am PDT
Public libraries across America are threatened by reduced staffing, resources, and hours due to budget cuts. However, "little libraries" are popping up in communities across the country as urbanists seek to redefine public space and librarianship.
Places
September 29, 2011, 7am PDT
West Hollywood's new library returns to the California Mid-Century tradition with floor to ceiling glass windows providing plenty of natural light, and a walkable link to Santa Monica boulevard a new park signals a new civic focus.
L.A. Times
April 12, 2011, 9am PDT
With funding in question, the future of public libraries is uncertain. This slideshow explores how libraries function as a commons and public space in American cities.
Places
May 17, 2010, 10am PDT
A piece in The Atlantic argues that telecommuting trends could have significant impacts on the built environment.
The Atlantic
March 29, 2010, 8am PDT
The New York Times City Critic ventures to Battery Park City to check out the city's newest and greenest library, yet occupying only 10,000 sq. ft. in a multi-story building, and comes away mightily impressed. Check out the photo slide-show.
The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
March 3, 2010, 6am PST
The public library is being re-imagined as an interactive space with multimedia learning labs, coffee shops and government services.
Miller-McCune
August 7, 2009, 7am PDT
Libraries are struggling to make ends meet in Milwaukee. One possible solution: integrating a mix of uses.
Library Journal
March 1, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>In this slideshow from <em>Slate</em>, Witold Rybczynski looks at public libraries from across the country and wonders how they will and should react to the increasingly digital age.</p>
Slate
Blog post
February 22, 2007, 5am PST

As a note of introduction, I am a Master's student in Community Planning at the University of Maryland. I'm happy to be part of this exciting project.

MLK Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.With a series of new urban libraries opening in U.S. cities recent years, its been said we're living through an 'urban library renaissance.' Whether it is the enthusiastic reception of the new Seattle library, or lending and attendance up in urban Canadian libraries, there seems to be an increased awareness of the critical role libraries play, even in the information age.

However, no such renaissance has happened here in Washington, D.C. -- at least not yet. Here the former mayor's plans to build a new library were stalled by what the Washington Post has termed the 'Mies Mystique.'

Robert Goodspeed