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Porch alternative: One DC neighborhood uses "Little Free Library" to connect neighbors with each other--and it's just one of 10,000 nationwide.

"The 'Little Free Library' concept started four years ago in the Midwest, when an entrepreneur named Todd Bol watched his neighbors gobble up books placed outside his home. Back then, he dreamed that 2,500 similar libraries would be constructed by 2014. He was naive. There are already more than 10,000. In the District, the first recorded little library belongs to Vahab. He built it in January, thinking it might be an interesting experiment for the Meridian Hill neighborhood." -- Robert Samuels, the Washington Post

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