On the TV show “The Simpsons,” Homer meets his buddies at Moe’s Tavern. In “Friends,” the gathering spot is Central Perk. Before that, Sam Malone’s bar, “Cheers,” was “where everybody knows your name.”
Urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “the third place” to describe informal gathering places outside of home, the first place, and work, the second place. Oldenburg emphasizes that these “great, good places” are essential to both local democracy and a community’s vitality.
For many residents of Vancouver’s west side — the Lincoln, Shumway, Carter Park, Hough and Northwest neighborhoods — their “third place” is Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar in the Lincoln neighborhood.
The coffee house, which will celebrate its first anniversary in late June, has reached out to the surrounding neighborhoods.
At recent carnivals at Lincoln and Franklin elementary schools, Latte Da owner Scott Flury set up a coffee cart and donated a percentage of the profit to the schools.