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April 27th 2013:An Urban-Design Success Story ~ An Interview with Constance Perenyi

Imagine a developer choosing to revive a declining mall by starting a local bookstore and creating a large, open community space with seating everywhere and a performance stage for people to enjoy shows for free. A chance few would take. But in the small community of Lake Forest Park, just north of Seattle, the risk paid off. Third Place Books collaborated with The Commons to create Third Place Commons a bustling community center of sorts, where people can come together, take a class, watch a performance, read a book, have a meal, or just people-watch. Their Farmers Market boasts boasts 7,000-

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Constance Perenyi

Constance Perenyi has served as Executive Director for Third Place Commons for over 6 years. At the helm of this small but mighty organization, she gets to do a bit of everything, including the usual directorial tasks of managing budgets, writing grants, and building vital community collaborations. As E.D. she is immersed in every aspect of running Third Place Commons, including coordinating over 800 public programs a year and a popular farmers market. She is an artist, published writer, and teacher committed to enriching the lives of others through creative relationships and community. You can view her personal website at
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