As shown in the picture I clipped from the LFL site, the free libraries resemble overgrown birdhouses placed close to the ground. Homeowners often place them near the street with a sign on them saying something to the effect of "leave a book, take a book." And that's what people happily do...over and over and over again.
But now the city of Shreveport is spending city resources to shut the things down if the free libraries are placed in areas of the city not specifically zoned for commercial establishments. Remember now, no money changes hands in a Little Free Library; everything is based upon the honor system. If anything, the generous homeowners who do this for their neighbors take a loss on the whole project because the little structures cost at least $300 if purchased in kit format.
According to this Shreveport Times article:
Alan Clarke, the MPC's zoning administrator, said the book swaps are, by definition, libraries equivalent to Shreve Memorial Library, and under city law a library can only exist in a commercially-zoned area.Shreveporter Teresa Edgerton learned this after her husband opened a certified letter from the zoning division ordering them to stop operating their Little Free Library, a decorative structure containing books, outside of their Wilkinson Street home.[...]
So there you have it. All it takes to shut down something positive is the combination of one petty paper-pusher with a city title and one busybody who is offended that a neighbor might attract the wrong kind of people to the neighborhood.There are at least two other registered Little Free Libraries in Shreveport and a number of unofficial lending boxes around the city, Turner said.Clarke said the zoning division stands by its decision. "If someone tells us where one is then we will do the same thing that we did on Wilkinson," he said. "(We) only went there because it bothered someone."
Shame, shame, shame on you two.