Front porches in West Philadelphia

An article in USA Today says that 65% of new homes built last year have porches.  Because front porches facilitate casual social interaction with passersby and evoke a style that was popular before suburban sprawl took off, the resurgence of the front porch shows that market preferences have shifted in favor of dense, walkable communities.  The data is from a recent Census survey of construction.  The survey also found that the percentage of homes with garages has decreased from x% to 8% between x and 2011, which indicates that more people are opting for a car-free lifestyle.

Read the whole article here.

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