Visit Third Places Today, part of my regular posts at Substack, for updates. I’m working on a new version of the classic book on the subject, The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg. I told the story of how the baton came to be passed to me in a post written after Ray’s death that you can read here.
Here’s a list of books that I’ve found useful. Many more to come.
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Oldenburg, Ray, ed. 2001. Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories about the “Great Good Places” at the Heart of Our Communities. New York: Marlowe & Co.
Solnit, Rebecca. 2009. A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disasters. New York: Viking.
Oldenburg, Ray. 1999. The Great Good Place: Cafés, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. New York : [Berkeley, Calif.]: Marlowe ; Distributed by Publishers Group West.
Klinenberg, Eric. 2018. Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. First Edition. New York: Crown.
Sucher, David. 2003. City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village. 2nd ed., rev. ed. Seattle: City Comforts.
Alexander, Christopher, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein. 1977. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. New York: Oxford University Press.