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In a world where third spaces -- the places where we spend time away from work and home -- are increasingly privately owned, how can we make our public spaces outstanding?

Those looking for inspiration might turn to Seattle, whose citizens voted to spend nearly $200 million to create or revamp 27 public libraries, including rebuilding its landmark Central Library.

City librarian Deborah L. Jacobs spearheaded the library program. "Seattle is a city of readers, but our library buildings were getting tired," she told CNN. "They were not working, not big enough, not functional for the change in the way information is being delivered." Read full article »

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