Ten years after its original publication, The Great Good Place is touching more people than ever before. The owners of Seattle's Third Place Books, which opened in 1998, were directly inspired by this book, as are, increasingly, entrepreneurs and planners nationwide.
They are fueled by its compelling central thesis: that "third places," where people can gather, put aside the concerns of the 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.
Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community, 3rd Edition
by Ray Oldenburg
Softcover: 368 pages
ISBN: 9781569246818, 1569246815
Marlowe & Company
"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. Sociology professor and author Ray Oldenburg portrays, probes, and promotes these 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.
"Well-written, informative, and often entertaining." - Newark Star-Ledger
"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." - New York Times Book Review
"Examines gathering places and reminds us how important they are. People need the 'third place' to nourish sociability." - Parade
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