We build up tolerance for discomforts like train noise, telling ourselves that the effect is indeed tolerable and at any rate inevitable. Yet the present situation is different. We need not accept the train noise and disruption in our new library. We need not build a fortress library with double- or triple-glazed windows with views of the parking lot and the tracks. We can put the library in a quiet, green place, distant from whatever future commuter rail holds for our community.
I invite open-minded residents who are tempted to vote against locating the library in the park to attend a weekday Caltrain crossing of Fair Oaks Avenue. Wait a few minutes for another to come in the other direction. Then you may agree it doesn't make sense to put a library at the town center.
Parkwood Drive, Atherton