The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community
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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The Great Good PlaceUser Review - ssteuer - Overstock.com
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
Review: The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a CommunityUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
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
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