Last week, Georgetown Metropolitan broke the news that Barnes and Noble had given up its lease and was closing down. Many people are not happy about it.
Why the closing of a large chain store struck a particular chord with Georgetowners (and others) is that it was a perfect “Third Place.” This term, coined by Ray Oldenburg in his book The Great Good Place, described those places in a community where people come together outside their homes (first place) or work (second place). They can be bookstores, cafes, pubs, libraries, whatever. To Oldenburg, and those who follow him, these places are most essential parts of that community.
What made Barnes and Noble a particularly great Third Place was that it offered Georgetowners and visitors alike a place to escape from the heat or the cold (or just the crowds), but you didn’t have to pay anything to use it.
[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]
Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.