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Opening Arguments

Branching out


The main library in downtown Indianapolis is going to be closed on Thursdays in a budget-cutting move less than three years a renovation and expansion that cost more than $100 million was finished.

Probably a lot more of that will be happening as the brick-and-mortar world faces increasing competition from our growing digital capabilities. Imagine all the money that will be wasted on building or expanding convention centers about the time that telecommunications and virtual reality have merged to the point where business travel becomes almost superfluous.

 The library is solving its budget problems by cutting back hours at all branches by 26 percent so it can keep all the locations open. I wonder if it would have been better to close two or three branches so the remaining ones could keep full service. Good arguments could be made for either, and I'm not sure how I would have voted as a board member.