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Chicago Mayor Wants to Build Architectural Library Gems in Public Housing

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Source: Chicago Tribune

A concept called "co-location" puts libraries in everything from community centers to high schools as a way to lower building costs and increase the number of library patrons. Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give it a new twist, putting Chicago Public Library branches in eye-catching works of architecture that will also house tenants of the Chicago Housing Authority....

The year-old Chinatown Public Library, a vibrant, light-filled structure at 2100 S. Wentworth Ave., cost only about 5 percent more than the cookie-cutter libraries the city built under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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