After detailing all the luxurious new features at the renovated Ramsey County Library in Roseville -- fire places, terazzo floors, computers galore -- the article casually dropped this little tidbit:
"Pavement murals adorn parking spots reserved for carpools and fuel-efficient vehicles near the front door."
Since when should librarians and libraries decide what is fuel efficient? And implement what amounts to a preferred clientele program to boot.
In a followup comment on the blog, Force50 went over there and reports further:
Worse than I thought. Checked out the parking lot and nearly the entire convenient south lot is designated for compact cars. In front of the west side entrance are the spots designated for fuel-efficient cars. This is a lefty utopian dream whereby they can send an SUV driver or a Crown Victoria driver to the north lot to take a long walk. They know who their second class citizens are. Ironically those are likely the most taxed.
Classy, Ramsey County. Real classy. It does beg the question, though -- if I bring my kids to the library, which I generally do, do I count as a carpool? And who decides that? Are we going to have library staff/traffic control officers?
This won't last and they'll have to repaint the parking lot, which will waste more tax money. Genius!