That’s what a neighborhood or town center should be – a center for people, not cars or monuments or overdone design and landscape architecture. The best towns have dozens and dozens of them.
That usually means architects need to leave the talent to the people who will inhabit these spaces, as inherently counter-intuitive as it is for them. In other words, imagine how impossible it would be to perform on a stage that was already completely filled with someone else’s props.
That’s the key to creating that hard-to-find third place – letting people make it their own.