Bloom City

Front porches and entryways have played an important role in our community's history.

Places where people gather to share stories, a respite from the summer heat; this year's Rockford in Bloom Awards will focus on residential front porches and retail business entryways.

The committee chose to focus on this aspect following Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson's discussion of the six "P’s," or pillars of change. One of the "P's" is porches.

Epperson says everyone should be able to sit on their front porch and feel safe. Committee members say beautiful porches strengthen communities, which in turn helps to reduce crime.