This information gleaned by this small-scale ethnography and the analyses that were drawn do have practical use in future applications. When planning Union Square’s future development projects, this information will become useful. As we found in our simple ethnographic projects, it is easy to get lost in a land of hypotheticals and what-if’s unless analysis is rooted to a specific place, concept, or idea.
The bar scene in Union Square is one of its defining characteristics. It is a vibrant network in a community that has seen much change over the years. It also has proved to be a powerful analytic tool. Looking at what social, political, and cultural issues that connect Precinct Bar with other bars in the area, and what greater issues connect the bar scene to the larger community will provide city planners useful insight in their future development projects.
Simply, this ethnography serves to show how one space – Precinct Bar – is not a distinct entity, but is connected to its community in a variety of ways. For future development plans to be successful, they must take into account the impact of their changes not only on the physical and economic structures of the square, but the underlying values and linkages that connect it into a cohesive community. This ethnography serves as an example of that kind of beneficial inter-connective thinking that city planners must undertake while looking towards the future of Union Square.
The natural extension to this project would be a series of interviews at all the bars in Union Square at various times. This would allow for a greater “feel” for the square. It is important to have a complete picture, and this would only be possible by discovering the character of each bar during different periods. This type of investigation would allow us to compare the values and ideals of the patrons and staff across Union Square. It would be interesting to see where beliefs intersected and where they diverge. Understanding this dynamic would give us a greater understanding of the square at large, and allow for more effective city planning in the future.