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Front Porch Friends

August 3, 2013

Grandma Ziegler would be very happy these days. Most summer evenings you could find her sitting on her front porch along McColloch Street in East Wheeling....

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Aug-03-13 9:10 AM

Enjoyed that article. I used to ride a bicycle through that neighborhood sometimes, coming all the way in from the Grove and I would see people sitting on their porches and visiting with each other. I grew up in one of the new suburbs and people did not sit on porches, maybe because part of the suburban experience was to have a large yard and you could not really see or talk to neighbors. Patio sitting was the thing but it was a solitary event, perhaps a little nature involved but fewer people. I always loved my grandmas porch though and having grown up out the pike was always curious about people who lived in city neighborhoods. It seemed a lot more human than mowing grass for four hours every Saturday and sitting on patios. The Island seemed a giant, glorious neighborhood in those days too. My Dad seldom went to ballgames but listened religiously to the Pirates on AM radio. His favorite player? Bob Prince, the voice that painted each game for him.

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