Jared (sarynx) wrote,

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'third places'

third places

Gary Oldenburg, urban sociologist, says 'third places' (besides home and work, close enough to walk to) are the focal point of democracy and community, and they're disappearing from American life. He contrasts them with shopping malls (where you don't expect to know anyone you see there), but I thought about churches. Big churches full of people I don't know. I can't rag on churches though, i haven't been to one in forever. but i'm feelin' him about the "increasing privatization" of American life and the "lifestyle consisting of a home-to-work-and-back-again shuttle." except the work part.
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