This post was originally posted in 2010, but it certainly warrants a reblog.
Colorado Springs, like most cities, includes a handful of places that can be considered a “Third Place.” By now, you may be wondering ‘What is a third place’? This is a term that became popular in Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place published in 1989. Oldenburg describes a first place as a residence, or where we spend the majority of our time. A second place can be described as the work place, and therefore the third place is best described as a location away from the first and second places.
Common third places are coffee shops, bars, Laundromats, churches and barber shops. Some parks can also be considered to be a third place. Typically, a third place is found in a neighborhood that may be considered to be a “livable community”. Downtowns with their density typically make great districts for a
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