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Why Portland's Central Library matters more than ever

by Zach Dundas

IN A CLIMATE-CONTROLLED room in downtown Portland’s Central Library, the 17th century’s most expensive book opens with a gentle crackle. The Blaeu Atlas’s vast pages glow with colorful maps of a world still under construction: North America ends with “the Island of California.” Fat cherubs drive goat-drawn carts through the margins, beneath swooping, curling baroque letters.

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