The front porch might be a needed push towards more community minded citizenry.

Neighbors see each other and each other’s children on a near daily basis. Plus “eyes on the street” are an anathema to malefactors.

The push towards suburbia after WW2 turned houses around for private backyard porch living. City dwellers often sat outside the front doors or on the fire escapes and were as good as today’s security cameras but infinitely more personal.

Throw in community policing and instead of a bunch of strangers, you have a neighborhood every bit as communal as small towns.

I lived in both Ghent Square and Ghent. Nice areas both of them. But older Ghent had the classic prewar homes with big front porches with swings and chairs. Maybe we ought to consider the value of seeing our neighbors daily instead of annual block parties and occasional cookouts.

Less “freedom is not wearing a mask” and more “what can I do to help keep my neighbors safe”. With both armed and unarmed community policing and conflict resolvers known to the neighborhood perhaps, over time, respect and trust can replace fear and suspicion.

Just a thought.

3 thoughts on “The front porch might be a needed push towards more community minded citizenry.

  1. We had a couple move into the house behind ours a few years back. They were from the sticks of the South Carolina low country. The next day, they dragged all of their patio furniture into the center of the front yard. Odd. They lived and played in the front yard. Within a few months they knew half the neighborhood, all comings and goings, and all the juicy gossip.

    I still consider front yard living bizarre, but by god, it was an effective way to learn about the people around them.

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  2. I have been spending the majority of my time at home in the garage with the door open. It is a “man cave” set up with dart board, tables for crossword solving and puzzle construction, beer fridge, and a TV with an Xbox hooked up to it. It allows us (wife, son, his girlfriend) to enjoy company and being at home without feeling locked down. It also allows us to see the comings and goings in the neighborhood, including the sun-of-a-cop punk who likes to spin his wheels and loudly accelerate down the street.

    It also allows us to socially distance while still maintaining connections with the neighbors walking by with their dogs and/or children. And to keep a closer eye on the three little ones who definitely don’t have helicopter parents.

    The deck out back is great for quiet time, but the garage is “Da Place” to be at our little homestead in Larkspur.

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