Warning: I'm on a soapbox here.
I've watched a few more of these shows. I see that the videographers show clips of kids playing on the streets to depict that these streets are not heavily trafficked (thus justifying the build that is done to make the front yard more usable) but I never see any of this activity in any of the overhead views of the neighborhood. Some of the clips seemed to be filmed in parking lots of schools or churches that are empty.
My observations aside, I'm glad that there is more attention being given to front yards. Front yards, to me, are much like formal living areas or formal dining rooms. Good for looks but otherwise under-utilized areas. I have a neighbor who uses his front yard a lot (I don't know what his back yard is like, but I do know that there's more shade out front). While maybe some of the toys could be stored out of view (I've heard at least one neighbor comment on the tackiness of the Fisher Price Toys kind of play gear out there), I'm okay with the tree swing and the bicycle out front. I have another neighbor who grows vegetables in his front yard, much to his wife's chagrin, who thought it was tacky. But the light is better there and I say "why not?"
I have to research this further, but I'm told that the manicured front lawn is a more modern trend, that people once gardened out front, too. I'm all for growing 'maters and 'taters and other veggies out front. Oh, and I'm all for lounging and eating out there, too. You paid for all that land, use it! I'd like to see Jasmine feature a vegetable garden within the confines of one of her fenced front yards.