Justin Davidson, who writes about architecture for New York magazine, says the writers who are concerned about the renovations planned for the New York Public Library headquarters at Bryant Park should just chill out. “For months, bookish loyalists have been howling about a $300 million plan to divide the NYPL’s research collection between below-ground vaults and offsite storage to make room for a circulating library,” Davidson writes. Acknowledging the writers’ worries (the renovations mean it will take longer to access books, the new library will be a “hollowed-out hybrid of new and old,” according to the renovation’s critics), now that the architect’s plans have been revealed, “it’s wonderful to see intelligent architecture trump panicky rhetoric,” Davidson writes.

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