Saturday, October 08, 2005

Front Porches

I'm in Greensboro, NC for this conference thingy. Last night the proprietor of Hogg's Blog and Mathew Gross generously lent their porches out for a party for those attending.

I joked to someone that they lived in a great neighborhood and I was surprised that no one had tried to bulldoze it. Joke was on me -- it apparently was almost bulldozed at one point though now it's a designated historic district. Older homes, built well and characterized by their generous front porches which quite clearly foster a neighborly atmosphere. While flying in I flew over a massive McMansion development in its larval stage, notable especially for its lack of front porches. Shame.