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Why "Third Places" matter in real estate development




This is a consecutive post continuing the previous Third Places article. This analysis is mapping the Third Places per resident.

When it comes to real estate development, the concept of "Third Places" is becoming increasingly important. People are looking for more than just a place to live and work, they want spaces where they can connect with their community and have social interaction. Developers are recognizing this trend and are creating mixed-use developments that include a variety of "Third Places" such as coffee shops, bars, parks, and community centers. This helps to attract both residents and businesses to a community.

Analyzing the concentration of "Third Places" per population can provide real estate developers and urban planners with a better understanding of the social and economic vitality of a community. High concentrations of "Third Places" indicate a strong sense of community and social interaction, which is attractive to potential residents and businesses. On the other hand, areas with low concentrations of "Third Places" may indicate a lack of social interaction and community, which can be unattractive to potential residents and businesses.


The following is the map of the hotspot analysis result of the number of retails per resident.






How can I relate it to my interest?


When it comes to your interest, one way to relate it is by analyzing the concentration of "Third Places" in areas that are high in both "Third Places per population" and "Third Places per employees". These areas may have the most potential for development as they already have a high demand for "Third Places" from both residents and employees. For example, if an area is a hotspot for "Third Places per employee" but has a low concentration of residents, it may be a good opportunity to develop housing facilities that cater to the needs of employees in terms of a place to live and work, as well as provide them with a comfortable third place to spend their time outside of work. Additionally, with the trend of remote working increasing, the importance of third places as alternative workspaces is also emphasized. They provide employees with a comfortable and productive environment to work in.

The following is the map showing the areas that have only one hot spot of "Third Places per residents" and "Third Places per employees".

You can also use this information to identify potential areas for investment in retail spaces such as cafes and co-working spaces. By understanding the concentration of third places per population, you can identify areas that have a high demand for these types of spaces and target them for investment or development. Additionally, you can also use this information to inform the design and development of future mixed-use developments. By including a variety of third places in the development, you can increase the attractiveness of the development to both residents and businesses.


In conclusion, analyzing the concentration of third places per population can be a valuable tool for real estate developers and urban planners to understand the social and economic vitality of a community and identify potential opportunities for investment and development. It also helps to create more livable and sustainable communities by providing spaces for social interaction and community building. To further analyze the data, one could also look at different types of third places and their concentration in the area. For example, cafes, co-working spaces, and bars could be analyzed separately to understand which type of third place is in higher demand in the area.

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