Questplex…Should the Dream Become Our Reality?

By on 7 February, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

On a recent family holiday we visited the Salt Lake City Public Library. “Why in the world would you go to a library when there are so many other wonderful things to do in that area?!” you might wonder. And if you followed the hyperlink in the first sentence, you would not wonder at all.

What an incredibly vibrant space! The day we visited, the temperature was in the 20s and the skies were grey. But inside the light-filled SLCPL, people chatted as they sipped espresso and lattes at the “sidewalk café,” bibliophiles inspected the annual book-sale selection of bargains, my plant-loving husband perused The English Garden shop, and my brother bought a wonderfully wacky piece of art at Art at the Main, an artists’ co-op.

On the childrens’ level, little girls were busily constructing snow princess crowns from materials provided. Young boys were darting among the stacks, playing an energetic game of hide and seek, and I heard an occasional soft shriek as someone encountered one of the many soft-sculpture creatures scattered about.

Would we in Montgomery be prescient (and fortunate!) enough to envision and create such a wonderful venue at the planned new library at Questplex? A quick visit to the website gave me hope. Its board is obviously dreaming big dreams. Now, are the citizens of the Capital City up to the challenge? A planned $22 million project, home for the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library and the new Children’s Museum of Alabama, needs $5.5 million in public support. According to the site, we are just over 20 percent of the way to that goal.

I’d like to hear from our Midtown Montgomery Living readers. Do you think Questplex is a dream that we should turn into reality? What would excite you to become a donor at any level? And what would it take (or would the new Questplex have to embody) for you to become a member of the Honor Society ($1,000 or more in support)? Let us hear from you. And thank you.

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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