public sphere in a "real"place and in cyberspace
I've used the Vancouver central public library and I really enjoyed its setting in a large shopping area in a donwtown area that used to be blighted but now is really vibrant and is anchored by the library. I think it is really successful in that respect. But I don't think it feels like a place where all people might want to come-- it is kind of a middle-class, educated people's place. The online project seems to really be reaching out to all people, but the gaps and barriers have to do with having access to technology and being able to use technology. Also with just knowing that the online project is there, since it isn't like a big building that you can see from the street. You have to know it is there, somehow.