Overlapping the public and private sphere can be difficult, but utilizing front porches as a venue can create better community connections. In Atlanta, organizing concerts on over 100 porches did just that, it brought people together. Porches look like stages, and city designers are taking note. They can inspire people to desire living in walkable communities that have a built in place to play music and share stories of art, history, and culture. Porches have always been popular for aesthetic purposes, but they are no longer an artifact of neighborhoods past.
Old porches are tempting new generations, increasingly used for festivals, businesses, and events to draw people out by the hundreds and thousands. As part of the New Urbanist movement, porches are seen to increase walkability and neighborhood friendliness. According to public health, human connectivity is important in the creation of a happy, healthy, and thriving places.