In Latino communities, the ubiquitous front yard fences push household activities up the street. Many Latino homeowners also build fences to protect their homes, keep neighbors' pets off their lawns, or keep their small children from running into the street. The front-yard fence creates an edge where people tend to congregate — a comfortable point for social interaction between people in the front yard and on the sidewalk.
In the Latino house the threshold of the home shifts from the front door to the front gate. Front-yard fences are designed as cultural icons.
- On Fences, Plazas, and Latino Urbanism: A Conversation with James Rojas, Sojin Kim, February, 2015.