For most people, gone are the days when neighbors sat on the front porch for a visit. But a new app is keeping up with the times. It's appropriately called "Front Porch."
Co-creator, Butch Trahan, says it's a mix between Craigslist and Facebook-bridging the gap between stranger and neighbor.
"It's a tool that helps neighborhoods connect with neighbors and while there's general communication, you're able to buy and sell items with your neighbors," said Trahan.
Users connect with neighborhood groups by plugging in a home address, which is kept private. But it's not just one neighborhood, it includes others within two miles. Besides serving as a digital garage sale, it opens the lines of communication.
"(Whether it's a) lost dog or you wanted to know what's going on, or if you see something suspicious, you can post it on Front Porch," said Trahan.
Although Front Porch is still working to increase its user base, just like any app, in order for it to work, people must use it. And now that's the challenge at hand.
Trahan says across the board, he feels this app would work in both big cities and suburban areas. He says it's already picking up in other cities around the nation.
"We've got downloads in New York and other cities," said Trahan. "Texas is doing really well."
Front Porch is currently only available for iPhone, but will soon be available on Android. The app is free to download.
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