For a business meeting for one of my freelance gigs this week, the boss suggested the public library located in the Galleries of Syracuse.
That’s the shiny mall that opened in downtown in 1987.
I showed you the outside of the place after a walk with fellow blogger and friend Jim McKeever in March.
I got there a few minutes ahead of my colleague, and enjoyed my view at the second-floor rail.
The first floor looks half empty, I thought, knowing that the major tenants are the Sutherland Corp.’s call center and the Onondaga County Library’s main branch upstairs. In fact, a whole wing of the main floor is closed for construction.
Nevertheless, the beauty up high inspired my iPhone 6 to click away.
And how would a place notorious for shushing work for a business meeting, I wondered?
Just fine, it turned out, as we rode the elevator to the fourth floor, found a table for two, and talked about organizational plans and hopes for music events in a reasonable voice for more than an hour. Nobody looked our way with a raised eyebrow.
Have you ever met in a public library before with the purpose of having a discussion? Do you think your closest downtown is vibrant or stagnant, and why? Which is your favorite photo, and why?