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

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

by Ray Oldenburg

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ISBN-13: 9780786752416
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/18/1999
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 27 MB
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About the Author

Ray Oldenburg, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of West Florida. He is frequently sought after as a media commentator and consultant to entrepreneurs, community and urban planners, churches, and others seeking to establish great good places. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

What People are Saying About This

Ron Sher

Ray Oldenburg is inspirational. He is the first to recognize and articulate the importance of the greeting place (third place) for the well-being of the individual and society at large.

Andrew M. Greeley

The Great Good Place is a great good book. As a fellow defender of neighborhoods and all they stand for, I salute you on it.

Victor W. Herman

The Great Good Place has put into words and focus what I've been doing all my life, from the barbershop I remember as a child to the bookstore I now own. My goal at Horizon Books is to provide that third place in which people can "hang out." Ray Oldenburg has defined those good places while still recognizing the magical chemistry they require. The Great Good Place is a book to read, to recommend, and to quote.
— Victor W. Herman, (owner of Horizon Books, with locations in Traverse City, Petoskey, and Cadillac, Michigan)

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The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
paulsignorelli on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Few books have had greater influence on the way we perceive communities, community-building, and collaboration than Ray Oldenburg's "The Great Good Place." The terms he introduces have become part of our lexicon: the first place (home), the second place (work), and the third place--the great good place, which is where we meet, socialize, share ideas with, and learn from friends and acquaintances who become part of our personal and extended community. In the first part of his book, Oldenburg describes the history of the third place in America, explores the character of third places, and outlines the "personal benefits" and "greater good" resulting from nurturing and sustaining third places--a tremendous antidote to cynics who claim there no longer is a commitment to the idea of public goods. "My interest in those happy gathering places that a community may contain, those 'homes away from home' where unrelated people relate, is almost as old as I am," Oldenburg writes at the beginning of his book (p. ix), and his obvious love and admiration for and commitment to those places serves as inspiration for anyone trying to justify a commitment to community and collaboration.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.