Friday, November 19, 2010
Guest Blogger: The Husband
With Ashley traveling for work, she asked me if I would keep Smitten fresh with a guest post.
I wanted to focus on one of my favorite features of a house, the front porch. I think one of the travesties of the 20th century was the elimination of front porches in post-war ranch houses. As houses became cookie cutter in the 50’s and 60’s, functionality was valued over aesthetics.
In the 80’s and 90’s the middle class moved to the suburbs and the proliferation of suburban McMansions put an emphasis on back porches and privacy fences.
Gone are the days of friendly conversations with passerbys and a post-dinner sweet tea in the summertime. With the disappearance of front porches, America lost a piece of its identity as a social society. It’s not a coincidence that your grandparents lament about the good ol’ days when kids could play in the neighborhood without fear of strangers. Part of that fear of the unknown is fueled because we don’t know our neighbors. They are sitting in the back porch with a hedge separating our houses.
Alright, enough of the social commentary. So what kind of person are you? Are you a front porch or back porch neighbor?
Posted by Smitten Design at Friday, November 19, 2010