Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories About the Great Good Places at the Heart of Our Communities

Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories About the Great Good Places at the Heart of Our Communities

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ISBN-13: 9781569246122
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 544,456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories about the Great Good Places at the Heart of Our Communities 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I got this book and The Great Good Place at the same time, and I opted to read this one first for its narrative structure. I think I learned a lot more about third places by seeing so many examples than I would have from reading a strictly informative text. Still, I wish there was a bit more exposition throughout this book explaining the specific third place principles in action. I will now read The Great Good Place, hoping that I remember these coffeeshops and bars and bookstores as I read of Great Good Place tenets.
jcbrunner on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ray Oldenburg re-discovered the importance of the Third Place, a location where people mingle that is not their home (First Place) nor their work (Second Place). "Cafés, coffee shops, community centers, beauty parlors, general stores, bars, hangouts" are enormously important for democratic interactions and social contacts but are under attack by streamlined, efficiency-driven corporations. A successful Third Place encourages patrons to linger, a successful franchise wants patrons to consume and depart as quickly as possible. Many Third Places thus are under attack and often only held together by a selfless owner. A collection of case studies of actual working Third Places would be helpful indeed.Alas, the editor has been too lenient in his selection, Many of the commercial establishments in this reader do not fit the definition of a Third Place. A Third Place is more than a place one likes to be or a store with a friendly owner. Thus, the reader includes too many self-promoting businesses that fit the definition of a Third Place only at the margin. The best entry is actually about Chicago prisons as sort of Third Places. The unfortunate American jail policies lets prisons become the place where young men (cut off from home and work) exchange ideas and mingle - certainly not the Third Place Oldenburg had in mind.