A library? A proposal by Group 4 Architecture:

This rendition envisions a new library, buried under a six-story garage that would completely cover what is now "Parking Lot 4", the space between Lincoln and Cathcart Streets where the popular Farmers Market now takes place on Wednesday afternoons. Although this proposal was endorsed by the Downtown Library Advisory Committee in 2017, it is NOT a good idea. Click here for more information about the issues.

Five consultants told the City that building a parking garage
should be a last resort...

...after pricing, commuter benefits, technology and reform of
parking requirements have had a chance to work. Read more...

Is it feasible to rebuild our current library?

YES. Here's a rendition by Jayson Architecture.
Click here for details.

Can we create a Downtown Commons on Lot 4?

Mark Lakeman tells us how. Click here to learn what Mark told us.

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March 10: Although the final counts for votes on the Recalls of Council members Krohn and Glover won't be certified until the end of March, it would appear that the Recall proponents were likely successful in convincing the majority of voters within the city limits to vote for the recall of both Council members.

For additional details, see this panel.

March 10: Gary Patton wrote about the Recalls. What he wrote is still relevant. Click here to read what he wrote.

February 5: We've added two short videos and a statement to our Bus Rider Testimonials page, so have a look at them.

In addition to this Home page, we have quite a few new or revised pages on our site.

The new Garage/Library tab summarizes a number of issues related to both the proposal for a new Downtown garage and a new Downtown library.

There are eight links under this tab:

  1. Mark Lakeman's presentation to us, on the creation of a Downtown Commons and the key importance of “Gathering Places”.
  2. 10 reasons why a new garage is not needed Downtown, including a video of Patrick Siegman's presentation to our City Council.
  3. An essay by Rick Longinotti that exposes background details about the political situation.
  4. Testimony from Downtown business owners opposed to the new garage.
  5. A link to the Facebook page for “Downtown Commons Advocates”, a new organization.
  6. Jayson Architecture's presentation about how our current Downtown library could be rebuilt and improved.
  7. Four of Stephen Kessler's Columns, published in the Sentinel, that relate to the proposed new garage and the library.
  8. A Guest Editorial, published in the Sentinel, by several Downtown business owners who are opposed to a new garage and in favor of a Downtown Commons.
More details about the Recalls, as of March 10, 2020

Although the final counts for votes on the Recalls of Council members Krohn and Glover won't be certified until the end of March, it would appear that the Recall proponents were likely successful in convincing the majority of voters within the city limits to vote for the recall of both Council members.

However, it also appears that if the Recalls are indeed successful, Katherine Beiers will be replacing Chris Krohn until November, 2020. Beiers has stated that she is opposed to the creation of a new 5-story (or 6-story) garage on the site of the current Farmers Market (Lot 4), with a new library under the garage. She is also opposed to further Highway 1 widening projects.

Also Renée Golder will likely replace Drew Glover, to serve for the remainder of Glover's term in 2022. Golder has yet to state how she feels regarding both the garage proposal and Highway 1 widening projects.

Responses by both Beiers and Golder to our questions are here, and former County Supervisor Gary Patton's words about what the Recalls were really about are here.