Third Spaces

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Where Have All the Third Spaces Gone?

As businesses shortened their hours during the pandemic, Philadelphia residents found themselves with fewer options for places to spend their evenings.

December 19, 2022 - Philadelphia Inquirer


Stoops as a Respite in These Challenging Times

As New York City has shut down and people remain physically isolated, stoops provide spaces where residents can safely connect with others and the city itself.

April 5, 2020 - Curbed New York


Chicago Coffee Shops Breaking Social and Economic Ground on the South Side

Cafes on the city's South Side are more than just businesses. They also provide important spaces for community building and economic development in neighborhoods that have been historically overlooked.

July 8, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Third Space

Third Space First

The quickly growing number of third spaces is good news for both the social and the urban fabrics.

January 10, 2017 - Erling Fossen

British Pub

Save the Local: Neighbors in England Rally to Protect Their Pubs

With pubs across the country closing at an alarming rate, communities across England are using a recently adopted law to save their local pubs.

September 14, 2016 - The Spectator

Shopping Mall

On the Legacy and Unfulfilled Potential of Shopping Malls

The origin story of one of the definitively American typologies—the shopping mall—is one of unintended consequences run amok. Could the next chapter of this story come closer to the author's intention?

July 21, 2015 - Quartz

Older People

Redefining Public Spaces for Older People

The elderly population in cities is growing, and research points to the health benefits of an active, connected lifestyle. So why are cities still so inhospitable to aging?

March 18, 2015 - The Guardian

Making A 'Playborhood'

Mike Lanza, an entrepreneur in Palo Alto, CA, is using his front yard as a place for his friends and neighbors to gather and play. Julia Galef from the Project for Public Spaces brings us this story.

April 10, 2009 - Julia Galef

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