When I moved to Waterloo, Canada a while ago the city was considering building new branch libraries and increasing the size of the main branch of the Waterloo Public Library. At the time I thought that RIM Park, on the east edge of the city, was a perfect place for a library. The head librarian explained it wasn’t a good site because at the edge of the city it did not have an effective radius of customers to serve; the branch needed to be closer to the center of the city.
Apparently that no longer matters because today’s paper says that RIM Park is now the favoured site for a new library branch (Note: link may be broken by the time you read this), only about four years after I suggested the same thing:
But in a report to the city, the library said the RIM Park location was more convenient and more people would likely support building a library next to a recreation facility, than near a school.
The park and the school are right next to each other at the absolutely most distant corner of the city. I’m not even sure that there is a bus route there, so driving is likely the only option except for the closest houses. There is nothing convenient about either location.
Now at the same time a large Canadian supermarket chain, Loblaw, is planning to close a Zehrs store at the more centrally located Conestoga Mall in order to open a new superstore. Nobody wants this store but it will likely happen anyway, and the Zehrs will sit empty. Given the timeframes involved, why doesn’t the library consider the possibility of locating in the soon-to-be former Zehrs store?
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