Coffee Shops and the Post-Industrial City

Urban coffee shops have long served as community focal points where people come to gather, relax and debate. But what role do these ‘third places’ play in our post-industrial cities? From Urban Relations:

Coffee helps us. It helps us get out of bed, it raises our productivity and promotes creativity, it’s the driving force of conversations and the fuel for writers and bloggers. This piece is also written in a coffee bar, my personal favorite. Sitting here consuming coffee just helps me through the day and through my work, or at least gives me the illusion that my productivity benefits from the consumption experience.