Meet Your Neighbor: Holgate Library Staff

Thanks to neighborhood librarian, Vicki Oglesbee, we get to meet the Holgate Library staff today.  Make sure to say hey next time you’re in.
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Holgate Library StaffKnowing our neighbors makes for a brighter and safer community. Who are you, and what is your connection to the neighborhood (resident, business owner, neighborhood advocate, etc)?
We are the staff at the Holgate Library.

How long have you lived or worked in the neighborhood, and what do you think makes it unique?
There has been a public library in this neighborhood since 1918. The current building opened in 1971. We think it is an unique neighborhood because it has an international population, the majority of it is walkable (and bikeable), and the sidewalks on most of Foster are so wide.

What are your favorite neighborhood haunts (for food, shopping, walks, drinking, entertainment, etc)?
Holgate staff enjoy eating at Best Baguette, all the Chinese restaurants, H K Cafe, Super King, Foster Burger.  Love having Essex Park nearby.

It’s a fact, our neighborhood is pretty rad. How do we keep it that way…and then some (i.e. enhance our parks, more n’hood events, more businesses, less tweakers, etc)?
Focus on developing a walkable core of Foster Road 

If you had a bajillion dollars (ok, a million) to spend on Foster, what would you do with it?
Crosswalk with flashing lights in front of the library across Holgate Blvd.  Streetcar (or rapid transit bus) on Foster.  More small & specialty grocery stores.

If you could pick a theme song for the neighborhood, or choose a celebrity that best exemplifies the character of it, what/who would it be?
“Where Everybody Knows Your Name” – theme song from Cheers.

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