He was talking about places that give a neighborhood its stability and coherence, where we can see familiar faces and decompress.
Everyone was dazed by their look at death, but relieved by the opportunity to decompress.
To be relieved of stress; regain equilibrium; relax; lay back, unwind: He'll be whisked away to some undisclosed place where he can decompress
[1970+; fr the gradual lowering of atmospheric pressure as one returns from a deep underwater dive]
To reverse the effects of data compression.