I sent an email to the President and the Mayor…

It went something like this:

Dr. Summerlee and Mayor Farbridge,

Hello to you both. I’m writing with what I think is a powerful idea, one which could greatly benefit both the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph. I’m writing from the perspective of a city resident as well as a University alumni and staff member, and someone who is interested in the prosperity of the city, the institution, and all the wonderful people who make up these organizations.

In the latest issue of the Guelph Tribune (http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/article/198884), Farbridge states that her biggest disappointment in 2009 was “when she says she had to “face the facts” related to a new main library and “finally see in black and white that this is not a project we can afford at this time.” She goes on to state that what’s needed is a “serious conversation” about potential partners. I think that the idea of a City-University partnership has great potential for this.

I recall reading in the Guelph Tribune within the past year or two that the University (specifically Dr. Summerlee) approached City Council with the idea of establishing a presence in Downtown Guelph. I’ve been searching for this reference, but haven’t been able to find it. If memory serves me correctly, the idea presented was that the University and the City could benefit from having a building or other presence in the downtown core. Indeed, the benefits would be tremendous!

Perhaps a a facility which encompassed the public library, lecture halls, performance spaces, information resources and the like? I think there’s great opportunity here.

Thanks for listening. I’d enjoy talking further about this with either/both of you.


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4 thoughts on “I sent an email to the President and the Mayor…

  1. Heard back from Mayor Farbridge, thanking me for my suggestion…will forward my thoughts appropriate channels. As stated in the Tribune article,

    Farbridge said she wonders whether the Baker Street Parking Lot might be redeveloped in such a way as to advance the city’s IT business sector and make the downtown an IT centre, while also connecting this sector in some way to a new library.

    “There’s a potential for building off each other,” she said, whether it’s a shared building or shared infrastructure between a new library and the IT sector.

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