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.
He cited the waste of oxygen which resulted by having to decompress Bandit every time someone left or entered the ship.
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]