John Schwenkler

The View from Your Front Porch

viewfromporch November 15, 2012
The View from My Front Porch, or Why We Bought the Farm               by Andrea Kirk Assaf Remus, Michigan. The view from my gray fieldstone front porch on this mid-November Sunday afternoon is bleak,…
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The View from Your Front Porch

DSC_0567 November 2, 2012
LEXINGTON, Mass. — It is not a porch, but a long cement slab that stretches the width of our home, which we make on the lower level of a small brown house, half underground, half exposed to light and wind.…
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The View From Your Front Porch

olathe September 3, 2012
Olathe, Kansas — On Saturday I looked back from my front porch, my walk having been cut short by a soft rain. As you can see, my grass and that of my neighbors is dormant from the drought. I live…
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The View From Your Front Porch

Bethune, SC July 23, 2012
Bethune, S.C. – I am told there used to be a small dairy farm of less than 50 cows just a quarter-mile down the road from where we stay.  If you talk to any locals over 50, they all remember…
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The View From Your Front Porch

July 9, 2012
Anaheim, Calif. – Nestled between busy thoroughfares dotted with low-slung motels, palm readers, and bail bondsmen, around the corner from the Taqueria and the Clinica Medica del Sagrado Corazon, one finds a few square blocks of mid-century Midwest. The names…
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The View From Your Front Porch

December 5, 2011
Queens, NY – The idea was to design an English village from scratch, within railroad-commuting distance of Manhattan.  It was meant to include homes for families of different income levels, and so in addition to the big houses, there are…
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The View From Your Front Porch

November 28, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee — This is a tale of two neighborhoods, a move from one to the other, and the inherent contradictions of gentrification. Our old neighborhood, close to downtown, was one of Nashville’s first “streetcar suburbs,” full of cottage-style homes…
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The View From Your Front Porch

November 21, 2011
Mayville, North Dakota Mayville, North Dakota – You’re looking northwest from our front porch in Mayville, North Dakota.  The picture, taken Sunday afternoon, November 13, casts doubt on what everyone knows about the state.  Where is all the snow?  It’s…
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The View From Your Front Porch

November 14, 2011
Lincoln, Nebraska — When I first read about FPR’s View from Your Porch series, I immediately decided to submit something. Then I thought about the view from my front porch. Like much of Nebraska, its beauty doesn’t announce itself. You…
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The View From Your Front Porch

November 7, 2011
Phoenix, Arizona — Looking east from our front porch in Willo, you see the results of one of Phoenix’s bigger Big Mistakes: the distant office towers on Central Avenue. Those towers mark the Phoenix “uptown” area (not that anyone calls…
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The View From Your Front Porch

September 28, 2011
Emmitsburg, Maryland - 7:33am Emmitsburg, Maryland - You can tell it’s a small town when you know both of yesterday’s candidates for mayor, and when the mayor-elect’s margin of 33 votes constitutes a 20 percent victory in a contest that…
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