"The town square or Main Street concept of a downtown shopping area in communities is making a comeback."The editorial mentions the important social role of a coffee shop in fostering a sense of community in a re-emerging downtown area.
The editorial also refers to an accompanying column by Kathleen Parker. Parker is right when she says:
"If you want people to gather, whether in a retail shop, a grocery store, a devastated coast or a blighted urban area - even a public library where few go to read anymore - build a Starbucks, or something like it."Unfortunately, Parker overestimates the value of the Starbucks name. There are thousands of independent coffee shops serving a similar function in providing a place where a human being can sit and socialize. Here in Tarentum, Corbet Street's Central Perk is a valued addition to the neighborhood. Don't expect to find any of the overpriced Starbucks coffee, but you will find a place where people gather, relax, and welcome one another.