I have a special kind of SS planned for today!
I typically save the reading for Sunday's but I have something for Fathers Day tomorrow so here's a little reading a day early.
Starbucks has this concept called "the third place" - it's not home and it's not work --- it where you WANT to hang out. Where you go to relax. Neighborhood bars have filled this role for deacdes. Now it's CrossFit's turn to step into that role.
We shouldn’t romanticize third spaces as only being about brightly lit cafes, pedestrianized streets, and the local public library. Bars work in their scruffy way by offering a place to get away from an overcrowded apartment or a squalid loft or a grimy job. They are a place where someone with little to spare can go for a change of pace ...
The goal of a bar patron is to enjoy the primary benefit of any decent third space: a place to linger. I’m still looking for someone to generate a ‘lingering index’ so that we can measure the impact of just plain old hanging out – but that’s really at the heart of place-making, and we shouldn’t forget it.