front porch: What Happened to the Front Porch? - 09/03/11 02:18 PM
Has anyone else noticed that the traditional front porch has all but disappeared from today's house plans?  There was a time (way before my time), especially during the 18th and 19th centuries where front porches were ubiquitous across our land.  They served a purpose for socialization. But, after World War II, with the availability of television and air conditioning, most people retreated to their houses or their back decks or patios for more privacy.  In effect, Facebook is today's front porch and those hold-outs who build them today may do be showing neighbors what they'd be doing...if they had the time … (7 comments)