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The Café as a Third Place

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The Boston wit, Thomas Appleton, once remarked that “Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.” That aphorism is more appropriate today than it was a century and a half ago for in the interim American cities have been shaped to accommodate automobiles, not people. Paris would be “Heaven” for Americans who, during their lives, suffered the lifeless streets of suburbia and the cold corporate towers of the Central Business Districts and were denied those “long sweet days, of the sidewalk cafés,” to paraphrase Joseph Wechsberg (1967). Small wonder that Paris is the most visited city in the world.

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© 2013 Aksel Tjora and Graham Scambler

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Oldenburg, R. (2013). The Café as a Third Place. In: Tjora, A., Scambler, G. (eds) Café Society. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137275936_2

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