Report: Libraries With Affordable Housing Could Solve Two Problems at Once, Boston Public Library President David Leonard Interviewed on Public Radio
From GBH Radio:
For David Leonard, president of the Boston Public Library, it’s all about addition. When you combine desirable things, like affordable housing and well-maintained public libraries, the sum is better than its parts.
Leonard appeared on Boston Public Radio on Tuesday to discuss a new initiative to add affordable housing in several library branches across Boston.
The West End and Upham’s corner branches will receive renovations and affordable housing units. A community-picked developer was recently awarded the Upham’s Corner project on April 13, and Leonard is optimistic the West End development will be approved soon. A third, brand new library will be built in Chinatown, which hasn’t had its own branch since the 1950s, said Leonard.
Boston will become just the fourth city in the United States to co-locate public libraries and affordable housing. New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago have already implemented similar programs that Boston can model.
“We love to be first in Boston … but in this case we can certainly benefit from learning from our colleagues across the country,” Leonard said.
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