Sahar’s research tackles the mode of management practices that govern third places and examines its effect on social inclusion processes. Using self-management governance mechanisms facilitates social inclusion in third places and promotes community development. Moreover, during physical distancing imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, third places can frame neighborhood dynamics by favoring social interactions. Public places are being used for social gatherings now more than ever, and these trends point to the urgency for our cities to purposely incorporate what Oldenburg (1999) terms “third places as “great good places” at the “heart of our neighborhoods” in our urban planning schemes.
Themes: Social Justice, Community