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Spaces for People

Ever suffer from mental overload?  That’s where I am right now.  A little too much studying, too much thinking.  I’ve been reading about William H. (Holly) Whyte, the noted analyzer of public spaces.  So much good stuff came out of his studies and I’m trying to sort through it.  I’ll tell you more about it in a couple of weeks.  For now, join me for a cup of coffee at the Purple Fiddle.

The Purple Fiddle is not a public space.  It’s a private establishment — part cafe, part coffee shop and part performance theater — in downtown Thomas, West Virginia.  So, yes, it’s a stretch to include it in a blog about public spaces, but I’m doing so for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s just a cool place to hang out and I like it.  But if you ask the question “Why?” (which, by the way is the…

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