Subjection at the Seattle Public Library

Overall I loved the Seattle Public Library Central Branch, but some design consultant somewhere has a bad attitude towards the public- several spaces scream “you are not a citizen, and this isn’t yours.”

Beautiful outdoor courtyards perfect for sitting  are deliberately ruined by no place to sit, forcing people to squat on a tiny ½” steel bar, or to climb the lattice work.


At the Seattle Public Library  the stalls end below 5 feet.  Plenty of public libraries have homeless people smoking crack in the bathrooms, including my dear SIBL.  But that’s just part of the ambiance.  Get over it.  I did not need to make eye contact with a security guard during my bowel movement.