I was at a friends house this evening who lives in a small community of about twenty people 4 miles up in the mountains with a river that flows 100' in front of his house, very peacefull place to relax after a hard days work. We were sitting on the front porch of his house grilling and drinking beer with their neighbors pretty much like we always do every time I go up there. If it's 90º in the city it's 75º there so nobody up there has A/C not even swamp coolers. Everyone always spends their time on the porch up there it's where people go to socilize. The farm house back home had no A/C so thats where we spent all out time in the summer as well. Now with A/C, TV, computers, seems nobody sits out on their porch like they use to and socilize with their neighbors, kinda sad in a way. I wish I didn't live in this apartment and had a front porch again. I know where I would be relaxing in the eveings.
Here is some interesting information on the great American front porch.