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Third Spaces Lab

Making Boston's spaces more welcoming, connected, and creative.

Third Spaces are the newest focus area for New Urban Mechanics.

We define Third Spaces as places that contribute to our collective well-being, and that are located between:

  • home (our “first spaces”), and
  • work (our “second spaces”).

These include everything from parks to barbershops to coffee shops. They are places where we welcome, connect, and create with others. As part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams Program, the City is embarking upon a series of initiatives aimed at sparking community-driven enhancements to these vital spaces. They must be invested in, continuously updated, and designed from the bottom up. 

Stay tuned for updates!



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