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May 31st, 2001

Front Porches

I think if we want to bring back communities in America, there are a number of things we could do: make sure that every neighborhood has a kickball team, encourage kids to sell lemonade on the corner by giving them school credit for it, and most importantly: encourage people to have a front porch on their house.

Though I didn’t grow up with a front porch, for some reason I always knew I wanted one on my house, when it came time to buy one. I lived up to my promise, deciding very firmly that I wanted a front porch on my first home. We have one and though I occasionally sit on the step, the main obstacle now is that I can’t find the type of furniture I want for the porch that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Ideally, I’d like wicker furniture, but it’s expensive and requires frequent painting since it chips quickly.

Any ideas on where to look?

Feel free to share your thoughts on front porches as well. I think if more communities had them, we’d all know our neighbors a little bit better. -ram

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