The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a movement that shows sheltering in place is escalating the popularity of having functional front yards to snatch moments of human connection.

The article speaks of multigenerational banter and the need to have some outdoor space as a way to connect with others while still social distancing.

As a master-planned community, Beulah Park is lifestyle driven with investments purposefully made into public spaces. The Paddock, in particular, includes building requirements that are engineered to hearken back to a time when neighbors all knew one another. All homes directly adjacent to the park shall have front porches to make for the most functional front yard of them all.

“This sense of connecting with neighbors has been the silver lining of these shelter-at-home orders,” said Los Angeles landscape designer Patricia Benner. “I think it has awakened something in people.”