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Library's problem is the people, not lack of a garden

6:23 PM, Jun. 29, 2013  |  Comments
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In the Green Bay Press-Gazette June 12 "Our View" editorial, the plan for a children's vegetable garden to replace the cement planters and benches outside the Brown County Central Library's main entrance was praised.

The editorial used the words "blight," "eyesore" and blemish" to describe the library's Pine Street entryway. Really? Exactly what has changed physically about the frontage since the library's grand opening in 1972? Nothing, except for the tree plantings having matured and providing shade as was intended. (Will they be cut down so the garden gets direct sunlight?)

What has changed is the kind of individuals using that area. The editorial called it "a growing problem" in reference to "people who tended to idle outside the library entrance," and that it may cause library visitors to feel "intimidated."

Having a vegetable garden there will probably be within hand's reach for those with a lifestyle that requires them to take up position in one spot and stare at others while smoking something or drinking a bottle of whatever.

Wouldn't it be easier and less expensive to put the garden in back of the library, where the deteriorated cement pond takes up space?

Jim Sanderson

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