‘Sneckdown’ spotting in D.C.

February 18, 2014

The recent snow made for the best “sneckdown” spotting weather in D.C. since the term first entered our lexicon. Last week, we put out a call for photos of sneckdowns in the wild, and plenty of you responded. Here are some of the best.

A snow "sneckdown" at New Hampshire Avenue and R Street NW. A snow “sneckdown” at New Hampshire Avenue and R Street NW.  (Dan Malouff/BeyondDC)

In the wonky world of urbanism advocacy, sneckdowns have gone viral. The term, referring to places where snow formations show street spaces that cars don’t use, first popped up in New York. Since then it’s made headlines in Philadelphia, Chicago, Vancouver and elsewhere.

It’s true that actual engineers shouldn’t design streets solely around piled snow, but certainly sneckdowns are a handy illustration of how we give too much pavement to cars.

Here are more local examples, sent in by readers.

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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