New library: Is this monument necessary?

“There are many impressive aspects to the new San Diego Central Library. The gleaming dome, the latest landmark on the city’s skyline, is one and a half times the size of the U.S. Capitol’s dome. The eighth floor reading room has comfy chairs and views of the Gaslamp, San Diego Bay, Coronado and the Pacific. The 2.8 million items shelved here range from the latest Dan Brown thriller to a CD collection that embraces Bach and “Blurred Lines.”

All notable features. But perhaps the most impressive thing about the new Central Library is the fact that it exists.” (via

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