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A Great New Library

May 4, 2010 9:19 PM

The Madison City Council made history tonight (again). On a nearly unanimous vote (18-1) the Council voted to move ahead with a new Central Library on the site of the existing building. This follows a vote last fall to build a new Central Library on a different site.

The Council is often criticized for being deliberative to a fault. But in this case it acted quickly. Only a few weeks after I asked the Council to move the new library back to the current site, the Council voted to do just that.

I have said often that we needed to take advantage of this moment in history to get this project done. We'll never get lower construction prices and workers need the jobs now. This Council will be remembered for not missing the moment and for building a great new library, one that a city that values learning above all else deserves.



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