09/29/2011 11:23 am ET | Updated Nov 29, 2011

Controversy Clouds New Library Opening And Book Fair

West Hollywood's new $64 million library, officially opening Saturday, and the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair, taking place the next day, are impressive projects for a city only 1.9 square miles with a population the 2010 U.S. Census has at just over 34,000.

The two events, both to be held in West Hollywood Park are reflective of a culturally-minded community, featuring special collections, highly-valued artwork, and other costly features.

Yet to some residents, the glamorous projects are also symptomatic of a city losing much of the counter-culture character for which it was once known, transformed by excessive spending and commercial growth into a congested municipality preoccupied with image and personal political agendas.

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