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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

S.F. Merced Branch Library Rapidly Regressing Back to Nature

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge The Merced Branch Library returns to the jungle from whence it came... - ALL PHOTOS   |   JOE ESKENAZI
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  • The Merced Branch Library returns to the jungle from whence it came...
Only a month after closing its doors for a renovation and seismic upgrade, the Merced Branch library is looking eerily like the last building a mounted Charlton Heston would gallop by before being confronted with "his destiny" ("You Maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!").

Granted, the library is scheduled to reopen by the end of 2010 -- by which time a race of man-apes with the ability to speak and walk upright probably won't have taken over the earth (though, as we've pointed out before, there's not guarantee that such a creature isn't already living in the parts of darkest McLaren Park no one's ever been to before). Even still, the sight of a an empty library building succumbing to rapidly growing vine plants, cobwebs, and back copies of the Examiner  is terrifying. Click on the link for more shots. 

click to enlarge Fewer books than you'll find even at Sarah Palin's residence...
  • Fewer books than you'll find even at Sarah Palin's residence...

click to enlarge Assuming -- ahem -- everything goes according to plan, this library should be up and running before 2011. Or was that 2111?
  • Assuming -- ahem -- everything goes according to plan, this library should be up and running before 2011. Or was that 2111?

click to enlarge When the powers-that-be actually refer you to the Bookmobile -- as a flier taped in the front of this abandoned library does -- well, that's not a good thing
  • When the powers-that-be actually refer you to the Bookmobile -- as a flier taped in the front of this abandoned library does -- well, that's not a good thing


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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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