In a comment that's received little in the way of publicity, City Councilor Frank Baker has called for a hearing to discuss the possibility of locating public libraries within privately owned mixed use or commercial buildings across the city. Neighborhoods like Savin Hill and Chinatown are not currently serviced by a Boston Public Library Branch and a mixed use development in the neighborhood could house just such a branch.
Personally, I think the plan would serve multiple purposes and provide a far greater benefit to the neighborhood than if officials decided to use a vacant lot solely for a new library branch. The following are just some thoughts on how this model could benefit neighborhoods.
Looking forward to following the discussions on this as we look at more innovative ways that the city can spur development of new housing units.
Starting a dialogue on the future of urban living in Boston and beyond.