A Revival For 'America's Favorite Pastime'

The New Urbanism movement has sparked a revival of what author John Buchino calls America's 'favorite pastime.'
February 9, 2006, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Of late, porching has enjoyed a renaissance, thanks in part to neo-traditional neighborhoods where porches are coming back strong after falling from favor after World War II... By the 1920s, porches had seen their architectural heyday. After World War II, the spread of air conditioning, cars, and a craving for privacy largely erased porches from America's blueprint...Nostalgia for a gentle, unscripted connection dovetailed with the New Urbanism movement. Neo-traditionalist architecture sprang up in the '80s..."

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Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 in The Arizona Republic
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