April 2011 Newsletter


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Front Porch Monthly A Front Porch Republic Newsletter


Spring is the season of rebirths and resurrections, the season when the world appears new to us again. Spring is the season when the “conflagration of green fires lit on the soil of the earth,” as D.H. Lawrence described it, encourages us to consider the magic of the world.

Needless to say, the most high-tech Disney magic cannot compete with the show of this season. And yet, for those of us who aspire to a republic of front porches, a contemplation of the Walt Disney Company might be in order in this moment.

Fifteen years ago, Disney decided to build a town, and front porches were in order.

Celebration, Florida, was designed to be the kind of typical American town that typical Americans no longer inhabit: a place with a strong sense of community, a place where neighbors know neighbors and kids bike together to the ice-cream shop after dark. That meant having a walkable business center, appealing parks and public buildings, houses spaced close to one another, and lots of front porches.

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