The Great Good Place
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: August 18, 1999
In his bestselling book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg argues that "third places"--where people can hang out simply for the pleasures of good company--are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.
Oldenburg offers a fascinating look at the history and importance of these places, from ancient Roman baths and medieval taverns to contemporary coffeehouses, bookstores, and pubs. He shows how third places encourage conversation, foster a sense of community, and enhance our quality of life.
With humor and insight, Oldenburg chronicles our modern struggle to create third places that serve as centers of civilized life. The Great Good Place is essential reading for anyone who cares about the health of our society and the future of our communities.