The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg – Book Review
The Great Good Place, by Ray Oldenburg, discusses a part of community life that is fading in the U.S., the Third Place. Your First Place is your home, a Second Place is your place of work, and a Third Place is where you will be found when you’re not at the other two places. For many it might be a corner bar, the coffee shop, a community center, historically it could of been a soda fountain, or a corner store. As Oldenburg says these are people’s “homes away from home”. But most importantly it was a place where people got together for conversation, to make social connections, and interact across social lines.
By itself this book is well worth the read, but additionally, as this is UrbanMilwaukee.com, we contend that urbanism is more than streets, public art, placemaking, walkability, and transit. It includes community. So give this book a chance, and more importantly find a Third Place, become a regular, and get to know your community.