What a wonderful opportunity Billings has to invest in its future — positive, proactive and progressive growth in downtown Billings.
A man by the name of John Ruskin once said, "When we build, let us think that we build forever. ... Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone; let it be such as our descendants will thank us for."
If we are going to build anything new, we might as well build it to the absolute highest standards possible and make best use of any and all resources available; this means building to LEED Platinum standards (the greenest of the green), deep consideration before demolishing the existing building (perhaps could house future library parking needs or any multitude of community organizations) and staying true to the urban environment in which the site exists — does downtown Billings need another 115 parking spaces when the city already has seven underutilized parking garages, all within a quarter mile of the library?
I wholeheartedly support the building of a new library and encourage our community to overwhelmingly vote "yes" in support of this integral community project; but first, let us make sure Mr. Bruder's design is the exact answer to this downtown design question.