Porch Politics • Long Beach Post

The American front porch has seen better days. What was once an open and social architectural object that represented the ideal of community in the United States, has become an obsolete relic that in some neighborhoods is even considered a liability. The front porch effortlessly segues private and public zones, acting as an outdoor living room and a place where interaction with the surrounding area can take place.

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In Belmont Shore, residents have taken heed of their abundant stock of charming vintage porches to vocalize their opposition to a hotly contested proposal to tear down the 1930s Spanish Revival home located at 205 La Verne Ave.  The majority of homes on the block donned ‘Save our Beach Homes’ posters that could be found attached to a petition on a palm tree on the neighboring home. Regardless of what side the neighbors take, we are happy to see all those activated front porches.


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