Why Community Third Places are Important

The Case for a Georgetown Bookstore

Great bookstores are more than just retailers. They are places where neighbors meet up to chat; where couples go after dinner on date night; and where diverse people—residents, office workers, cultural tourists, and college students—gather for public lectures, author talks, and book clubs. Great bookstores serve as community “third places,” accessible, public forums separate from work places or homes that facilitate the exchange of ideas. 

​A third place bookstore in Georgetown will increase our neighborhood’s quality of life and home values. It will improve the way both residents and business owners feel about and experience Georgetown.  It will strengthen connections and knowledge sharing among our existing creative class of architects, designers, lawyers, professors, and politicos. And as evidenced by the success of places like Politics and Prose, Busboys and Poets, and Kramerbooks, a Georgetown independent bookstore will keep people in the neighborhood and encourage others to come and spend more time here.  

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