#VT – Know someone in Berlin, Vermont? Send them to FrontPorchForum.com to sign up for their brand spanking new Berlin FPF. Well done Martha, Andrea, Cathy, Michelle, Peg and Sarah!
Here’s the FPF coverage area map and town list.
#VT – I’m invited to speak at the annual meeting of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. I’m looking forward to it! If you’re in central Vermont this evening, please consider joining the crowd.
Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC)
2012 Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 20th at 6:00pm
At Chadwick’s Restaurant, Event Room
10 Prince Street, Randolph, VT
For the purpose of: Electing Board Members, Updating the Membership, Recognition and Awards
Featuring Guest Speaker: Michael Wood-Lewis, Front Porch Forum
“Helping Vermont Neighbors Connect & Build Community”
#VT – From a Vermont church newsletter this month…
I think Front Porch Forum is a great resource for communities. We have it here in Bristol where I live, and it is a valuable asset for the area. My neighbor lost her dog and put a desperate plea on FPF. The dog was safely home by the end of the day thanks to neighbors who found her and logged onto FPF. I read reviews of don’t miss local theatre productions. Neighbors are able to pass off their slightly used moving boxes to someone in need and the boxes get a few more uses before they’re recycled. And sightings of bears, coyotes and other wild life are enthusiastically shared. I always look forward to reading it and staying connected with neighbors I might not get a chance to know otherwise. It’s a fine tool for building community. I’m very grateful to Michael and the whole FPF team that have made this excellent tool available to so many communities in Vermont, New York and beyond. I’ve signed up for the new Barre FPF and look forward to learning more about and connecting more with the Barre community. I encourage you to check it out.
Reverend M’ellen Kennedy
The First Church Of Barre – Universalist
From USA Today today…
Front porches are making a big comeback.
It’s not quite a return to Norman Rockwell’s Americana, but the rise in the number of new homes with porches hints at a shift in the way Americans want to live: in smaller houses and dense neighborhoods that promote walking and social interaction.
Two-thirds of new homes built in 2011 had a porch, a trend that has been on a steady rise for almost 10 years, according to a Census survey of construction. The pace of new homes with decks and patios — that are more expensive and take up more space, usually behind homes — has flattened.
New homes with front or rear porches has grown from 42% in 1992 to 65% in 2011, Census data show.
The data also show that the percentage of homes built without a garage or carport is the highest since the late 1990s. At the housing boom peak in 2004, 8% of new homes had no car shelter. It hit 13% in 2010 and 2011.
It’s very positive ” about public transportation if new construction is starting to be built closer to employment centers or transit,” National Association of Home Builders’ Stephen Melman says.
“That’s what the market wants,” says Christopher Leinberger, a developer outside Philadelphia. He says the company is building mostly townhouses with porches because that’s what buyers want.
“The front porch acts as a social mechanism,” says Leinberger, president of Smart Growth America’s LOCUS, a coalition of developers and investors who promote walking over driving. “You sit on the porch and talk to people walking by without having to invite them in. It’s outdoor space without taking up too much space.”
#VT – I decided to sell my old manure spreader. It is in solid condition and worked last time I used it. It has been stored in the barn. It is a New Idea Model #18. The bed is about 7’L X 3’W X 2’H. I am asking $550. You can email me for pics or stop on by to take a look at it. It is the perfect addition to your vintage manure spreader collection.
Never know what neighbors will post on Front Porch Forum. This is from Cindy in upstate New York. The kicker… she’ll likely get several responses… and meet some neighbors along the way.
#VT – If any of you have those ridiculously huge zucchini that you wouldn’t think of eating, I have an offer. Bring them to me, and I will return them to you transformed into a fun porch creature. One per family. Leave them on my front porch with your name and street address, and I will soon return them to your front porch. thanks!
Posted by Beth on Burlington’s Five Sisters Front Porch Forum today. That’s a first for FPF!
#VT – Another successful Front Porch Forum story: via a Hinesburg FPF posting about a found dog, a Charlotte FPF reader noticed our missing dog posting. Then through various neighborly phone calls and emails, we picked up our little Jetta today, who ended up at the Hinesburg Police Dept. via the Shelburne animal dispatch. She had warmed up to the police and vice versa and even got a ride in the police car, sitting in the back seat with her head out the window. Don’t you just love small town stories like this?! A special thank you to Leigh, who initially gave Jetta a home for a few days. Thanks to everyone for their concern and help!
Posted by Pati to her Charlotte FPF neighbors today. Good news!
#VT – I was overwhelmed with all the responses I got following my posting seeking free wood pallets. I got a whole trailer load of them today and now know where to load up if I need more. Thanks everyone for giving me many options to seek out. Front Porch Forum rocks!!
Posted by Rob on the Huntington FPF today.
#BTV #VT – My tiger cat, Rocco, was found last night and I have FPF to thank for the reunion! Thank you to everyone who kept an eye out for my sweet guy and also to the people who suggested that I sign up for this forum. After this experience, I will suggest this site to anyone searching for a lost pet. yayyayayayayayaaay!!!!
Posted by Paige on the ONE East Front Porch Forum today… good news.
Ghost of Midnight is an online journal about fostering community within neighborhoods, with a special focus on Front Porch Forum (FPF). My wife, Valerie, and I founded FPF in 2006... read more