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

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Hachette Books, Aug 18, 1999 - Social Science - 368 pages
The landmark survey that celebrates all the places where people hang out--and is helping to spawn their revival
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"Third places," or "great good places," are the many public places where people can gather, put aside the concerns of home and work (their first and second places), and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation. They are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of a democracy. Author Ray Oldenburg portrays, probes, and promotes th4ese great good places--coffee houses, cafes, bookstores, hair salons, bars, bistros, and many others both past and present--and offers a vision for their revitalization.
Eloquent and visionary, this is a compelling argument for these settings of informal public life as essential for the health both of our communities and ourselves. And its message is being heard: Today, entrepreneurs from Seattle to Florida are heeding the call of The Great Good Place--opening coffee houses, bookstores, community centers, bars, and other establishments and proudly acknowledging their indebtedness to this book.


 

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This is a lifechanging societychanging book that has the potential to rejuvenate the American landscape. This is why some communities work and others dont.... This should be required reading for ... Read full review

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I used this book for a college-level composition course with the theme of community. Oldenburg's observations (some still ring true today and some don't) certainly gave us something to talk about, but ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I The Problem of Place in America
3
CHAPTER 2 The Character of Third Places
20
CHAPTER 3 The Personal Benefits
43
CHAPTER 4 The Greater Good
66
PART II
87
CHAPTER 5 The GermanAmerican Lager Beer Gardens
89
CHAPTER 6 Main Street
105
CHAPTER 7 The English Pub
123
CHAPTER 10 Classic Coffeehouses
183
PART III
201
CHAPTER 11 A Hostile Habitat
203
CHAPTER 12 The Sexes and the Third Place
230
CHAPTER 13 Shutting Out Youth
262
CHAPTER 14 Toward Better Timesand Places
284
Notes
297
Bibliography
315

CHAPTER 8 The French Cafe
145
CHAPTER 9 The American Tavern
165

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About the author (1999)

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.

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