Third Places

Climate controlled public places where the elderly, cost-conscious and indigent are welcome to spend a few hours are hard to find. Tensions have erupted at McDonald’s restaurants in NYC between customers seeking a refuge and business interests.
Jan 28, 2014   The New York Times
Technology companies are increasing their presence in cities, adopting the language of planners, and seeking to create communities. Yet, according to Allison Arieff, the sector does a uniformly poor job of contributing to urban vitality.
Dec 16, 2013   The New York Times
For far too long, the shaping of public spaces has been left to architects and urban planners, who plan from the top down. The most successful projects involve people directly in deciding how their public spaces will look, feel, and operate.
Apr 4, 2013   Shelterforce Magazine
Urbanist Peter Kageyama's new book suggests that the "loveability" of a city as a factor in its success is greatly underappreciated. Mike Lydon has this review. Exclusive
Aug 25, 2011  By Tim Halbur
Amid the dissolution of Borders bookstores in urban centers, Chuck Wolfe urges policymakers and the private market to assure "no let loss" in the spirit of natural resource protection to assure third places remain available in American cities.
Jul 25, 2011   Sustainable Cities Collective
Malcolm Gladwell and others attest to the effectiveness of working in restaurants, coffee shops and bars, and why it works.
Apr 19, 2011   The Atlantic
A humble passageway through a building to a parking lot became a favorite public space with just a deli, a Starbucks, and some patio tables.
Apr 23, 2010   The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Supermarkets of the future may become the center of neighborhood life, predicts planner Mark Hinshaw.
Apr 18, 2010   Citiwire.net
Can Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace replace the neighborhood bar, cafe, or hangout? Mary Newsom says no.
Sep 25, 2009   Citiwire.net