The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community

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The Great Good Place argues that "third places" - where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation - are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.

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Overview

The Great Good Place argues that "third places" - where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation - are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.

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Editorial Reviews

Newark Star-Ledger
Well-written, informative, and often entertaining.
New York Times Book Review
The great value of this book is that Mr. Oldenburg has given us an insightful and extremely useful new lens through which to look at a familiar problem.
Parade
Examines gathering places and reminds us how important they are. People need the 'third place' to nourish sociability.
World of Beer
A book that should be read by everyone in North America over the age of 16.
Florida Architect
Shows how informal gathering places are essential to the vitality of a city and its people and it also includes a social history of informal life throughout the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569246818
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/1999
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 485,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Oldenburg lives in Pensacola, FL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Was 'Cheers' a great good place?

    As I read the book, I kept thinking of the TV sitcom of the 1980s 'Cheers' with Cliff and Norm as the bar stool fixtures who engaged any and all entering. I think the Cheers bar would meet the author's definition of a great good place and why shopping centers and some brand-named coffee shops would not. Interesting points brought up and how not having a great good place in your neighborhood is a loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    YOU'VE GOT MAIL Inspiration

    Nora Ephron states in the DVD commentary (scene 33) that this book aided her making YOU'VE GOT MAIL. If you're a fan of the delightful movie, you'll enjoy this book.

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