After giving a newspaper stand a makeover and some wooden shelves it was installed on a San Francisco corner in order to test the viability of a free, non-curated, book exchange. Ideally, it remains cared for and in use, and like a community garden, fosters a sense of ownership and consideration, reminding the anonymous city dweller that they live in a community with neighbors.
The box has been going strong for four years now with no help from me. People in the community have repainted it after it was vandalized and have installed replacement shelving. It’s worse for wear, but remains surprisingly cared for, used and resilient.