Note: This post was edited on Jan. 20, 2007. Hotlinked image(s) were removed. Follow the link(s) to the image location(s). A most wonderful NPR story, produced by All Things Considered, about the front porch was aired today. Michele Norris interviewed Claude Stephens, founder of the Professional Porch Sitters Union Local 1339 as well as David Schuyler, a biographer of landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing, who popularized the porch to distinguish American residential architecture from British architecture. Listen to the story. View the "Porch Sitters" painting by Michael A. Palmer.